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Laser Engraving Tips from the Experts

Posted March 26, 2017 12:00 AM by Epilog Laser
Pathfinder Tags: epilog laser laser engraving

Need recommendations for solid hardwood engraving? Nervous about etching glass? Looking for inexpensive substrates to play around with?

Experts from Epilog Laser have answered some of the most frequently asked questions found in the Epilog Laser Fan group.

Engraving on plywood or balsa

This material is cut with a laser more than it’s engraved. For engraving, start with the recommended wood engraving settings in our manual. Plywood can be tricky and inconsistent in terms of cutting, due to the various layers of glue found within it. Balsa seems to cut very nicely and many of our customers use this medium to build various types of models.

Cool projects you can create with scrap pieces from other projects

Scrap materials are great not only for creating new projects, but using as practice pieces for more challenging engravings, such as photographs. We’ve seen customers make all kinds of things from scrap, such as small acrylic edge-lit signage, ornaments, name tags, and lots more!

Cardboard 3D bowling pins anyone?

Recommendations for solid hardwood engraving

Mask the wood.
Masking helps reduce residue from seeping into engraved areas and makes for easy clean up.
Use “bottom up” engraving. This is a feature in Epilog’s print driver that allows users to engrave from the bottom of the design up, instead of engraving from the top down. It also helps reduce smoke and debris being pulled into the engraving area as the laser head moves.

Once you nail down answers to your questions, you could create something like this wooden model:

Click here for a full list of answers to commonly asked questions about laser engraving. Do you have any questions? Maybe they’ll appear in a later article.

Editor's Note: This is a sponsored blog post provided by Epilog Laser. What will you #CreateWithEpilog?

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