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Old 05-19-2016, 07:07 PM   #101 (permalink)
 
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I am curious about this working on steel, as there seems to be mixed and conflicting information available.

Do any of you current owners have the ability/willingness to test this? If it does work, that will definitely seal the deal for me.
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I am curious about this working on steel, as there seems to be mixed and conflicting information available.

Do any of you current owners have the ability/willingness to test this? If it does work, that will definitely seal the deal for me.
If someone does this test, for God's sake WEAR LASER PROTECTION GLASSES. You'll be bouncing a laser beam around the room! My 25 watt will NOT etch steel, unless I use Cermark coating. Then it is just a coating on the surface.
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Old 05-19-2016, 08:01 PM   #103 (permalink)
 
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Getting there - quickly (and partially) turned this hard wood blank (on a 7mm tube) - sanded with 600 grit - Lithos Pro 48pt typeface in Photoshop, saved as jpeg - burned at a speed of 60 with a little fan blowing smoke away:

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(for $87.00, it works surprisingly well)
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Getting there - quickly (and partially) turned this hard wood blank (on a 7mm tube) - sanded with 600 grit - Lithos Pro 48pt typeface in Photoshop, saved as jpeg - burned at a speed of 60 with a little fan blowing smoke away:

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(for $87.00, it works surprisingly well)
Bob, that looks nice. The fan seems to make a big difference. I agree with you, I'm happy with the device for the modest cost.

I'll be interested to see how the engraving looks under a finish. Time permitting, I'll make up a couple of pens to test this weekend.
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1st hardwood slimline - burned outside since there was a nice breeze for smoke relief (obvious benefit of burn-anywhere portability) at a speed of 60 after sanding to 600 grit followed by 2 applications of Myland's Sanding Sealer. Finish = 3 applications of Myland's High Friction Polish. So far, so good - and grateful to Michael for starting this thread:

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Old 05-20-2016, 08:59 AM   #106 (permalink)
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Got mine last night, can't wait to get it up and running! I know, I know, some people want to beat this thing to death, because it isn't a $5000 laser, but for something I can afford, it looks to do a decent job. I don't believe that it has to be all or nothing, why not start with a bargain basement machine and see where it takes me. If I had to wait until I had 5 grand, to start, I would never start!
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1st hardwood slimline - burned outside since there was a nice breeze for smoke relief (obvious benefit of burn-anywhere portability) at a speed of 60 after sanding to 600 grit followed by 2 applications of Myland's Sanding Sealer. Finish = 3 applications of Myland's High Friction Polish. So far, so good - and grateful to Michael for starting this thread:

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That looks awesome!
Just to be clear, did you burn THEN sand and finish... or did you sand to 600, apply 2 layers of finish, and then burn?
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Bob, you're welcome, and thanks for sharing your experiments. I think that pen looks awesome.

No, this won't do what a $5K engraver will, but for the cost of two or three bags of groceries, I think it's well worth the price.

I think this will be a great way to easily add value to wooden pens, not to mention boxes, etc. I also plan on making customized wooden tags for my pens for the upcoming show season.

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which one have you guys been ordering? the link that was initially posted takes me to a model that you configure before adding it to the cart.
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which one have you guys been ordering? the link that was initially posted takes me to a model that you configure before adding it to the cart.
This one: NEJE DK-8-KZ 1000mW Laser Engraver Printer-97.41 and Free Shipping| GearBest.com

$87.99 with free standard shipping, an extra $8.00 for expedited.
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