I wonder if I’ll ever land on a favorite material and stop the constant quest for new laser experiences?! Naw…I don’t think so. It’s too darned much fun. So…anodized aluminum was my next thing. I bought some business card-sized ones to try and wow…they came out beautifully. Only thing that I was displeased about was that when I did the reverse side, no matter how carefully I tried to place some text or an image, it was always not centered. I moved it always toward the left side to compensate, but it was still never enough. Tips? Anyway, the engraving came out amazingly well. Anodized aluminum is now one of my big favorites. Now, if I can just figure out the centering issue, it will be wonderful. I bought a 12"x12" Seklema mat, as was mentioned here on the forum by @cynd11 in reference to a gift from @shollg. The mat was very expensive, but I can sure see myself using it a lot. It was fantastic when doing these aluminum cards. I didn’t want to lay them on the metal grate…and also, because they are black, I needed something that would allow me to see them in the UI. Perfect solution…and they hung onto the mat like a charm.
I made one for both of my brothers and one for my son (the voice over guy)…and have decided that ‘pocket art’ could be a thing. I’ve actually seen these same kind of aluminum cards for sale on Amazon for $17…engraved with a special sentiment or verse to give as a gift for someone to carry in their wallet or pocket. Hmmm…go figure!
This is my son’s logo on the back…to which I will have to dedicate more time to making it work for engraving. Looks pretty horrible here…but hey, this was an experimental run!
And last but not least, in action…the machine we all know and love.
Oh…and I used the logo markings on the Seklema mat to get some semblance of alignment on the mat and it worked surprisingly well.