Etched Polished Stainless Steel test


My first real use of my new Glowforge: tested a piece of polished stainless steel. Use the Dry Moly Lube ($10 can on amazon), did three coats, allowed each coat to dry (a minute each layer or less), then etched at “full power” at a speed of 300. Single pass, took about 22 minutes. Fairly pleased with results. From some angles the etch is hard to see, from others, it is very clear. Also, this is my first post, so… hi.

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Hi, @glowforge28! Great to meet you and thanks for sharing your success with this piece. The etch is impressively clear and beautiful in that image. Nice work.

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That is outstanding, great test and very successful.

Can you post an image of where it is not so easy to see? For comparison sake?

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Sure thing. I don’t have it on me right now but here’s another view until I’m back where I can take more pics.

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Wow, if that is a ‘lesser image’ than the one you posted then sign me up, they look great.
Love how the lines are dark in the original image and light in this one!

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Ohmyyy! That is gorgeous! I work primarily in stainless steel as a chainmaille artisan. I can’t wait to start etching custom pieces!

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Cool etching of a cool avatar! Now I want some moly d.

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Whoah … really mesmerizing. This opens up so many possibilities. Thank you so much for the great documentation and settings! Nicely done Sir.

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Welcome to the forum!
Nice work, thanks for the demo :sunglasses:

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Thanks! It’s a drawing based on a sculpture I made: http://www.publicsculpture.com/inflorescence.html

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Beautiful! :smile:

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Wow! Nice work on that huge model on display!

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That is gorgeous!

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That looks really cool!

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WOW

That. Is. Awesome.

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Welcome! The result looks fantastic. Thanks for sharing your process!

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Wow! That is a pretty freaking cool sculpture!

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It’s not clear from the original post, but the laser appears to harden the moly so that when you remove the residue with isopropyl alcohol, those sections that were laser marked remain. Here is an article I found on the process.

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Wow. So that’s a flat surface. From the first photo I thought it was curved…

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Always fun to run into another mailler. Do you have another website? I keep racking my brain on how to integrate more laser into maille other than pendants etc.

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