Just to get this out of the way - PLEASE DO NOT CONTACT ME ASKING ME TO PROVIDE PAID ENGRAVING SERVICE - seriously I am not in any way shape or form soliciting nor do I want to take any money. I have no idea what I'm doing
Anyhow. Recently I purchased a laser engraver for my business.
http://i.imgur.com/YD8og.jpg - table breaking!
The first thing I did was to see just how similar it was to a laser printer, so I grayscaled a picture of my wife and son and burned it onto plywood:
Not too bad for a test burn.
That said, thus far I've been using it mostly to engage my inner twelve year old (believe it or not, that was for a paying customer) and for testing.
For example, a customer's iPhone:
Same customer works in a mac store and brought in a wrecked macbook cover for giggles, so I put Captain 'murica on it:
http://i.imgur.com/AN5co.jpg - table breaking
(I should have inverted the picture colors prior to printing the job)
Testing it on anodized aluminum, made some neato business cards:
Testing out the rotary attachment on a flashlight:
And once or twice for actual business such as the ASCII dick above, and for this knife here:
http://i.imgur.com/aQ1Nj.jpg - another table breaker
So, I'm going to experiment with it a bit more and test out it's capabilities. I haven't done any vector cutting with it yet, but it supposedly can go through 1/4" of plywood and cut acrylic without any major issues. It can also etch glass, marble, corian, and of course wood and various metals (bare metals need a ceramic marking fluid).
I AM NOT SOLICITING WORK. PLEASE DON'T CONTACT ME LOOKING TO PAY FOR MY SERVICES. That said, I could use some different little projects to mess around and test this thing's capabilities. The control panel says that it can do up to 1200 dpi, and considering that most of my print advertising is only at 300 dpi that seems like some incredibly detailed resolution.
If some of you have ideas on what I should try, or want to help me experiment with this, I'd love some feedback.