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      02-14-2020, 09:43 AM   #1
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Anyone Done Laser Engraving?

I've just ordered myself a portable laser engraver for my woodworking projects, but it occurred to me I could use it to engrave interior trim, or headrest leather etc. Has anyone done this?

The laser can be held on a standard tripod mount, so I'm not constrained by target size. But I am limited to a pretty much flat surface, a max drawing area of 4"x4" (100x100mm), and vector images (it does raster, but that's not its forté). So I'm thinking initially I'd just have some simple curves/shapes: something like the M Performance 3-trapezoids should be simple enough, ///M, or a simple abstract pattern. Not something to rival Rolls-Royce-type marquetry.

I've noticed when people retro-fit CF trim, they often sell their OEM trim on eBay UK relatively cheaply. So I might buy some and do some testing on that. As for leather, I though that I might have a go on a headrest, as it's easier to remove. Although I'd prefer to try it out on a test piece first ...
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Lots of possibilities ! Interested to see how you get on with this. Sub'd.
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Laser engraving may be a process where the beam physically removes the surface of the material to show a cavity that reveals a picture at eye level. The laser creates high heat during the laser engraving process, which essentially causes the material to vaporize.
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