Dad had some 20-year old acrylic from an automotive repair, and the amber was begging to be highlighted.
As this was cutting, I browsed through other made-on-a-glowforge topics and encountered @hansena’s post. We appear to have found the same use for the same lettering.
Traced and edited in AI, reversed the image to engrave the back, and used proofgrade settings, adjusting the focus for the thinner media.
This 1/10” amber acrylic is thinner than the 1/4” slot I had. Luckily, my 2-year search for materials yielded some .07” black acrylic. Two black tabs applied to either side made it a perfect fit in my base.
I love how I can go from idea to object so quickly. I am getting noticeably faster in design and graphic manipulation. The tabs were a function of about 30 ctrl+z clicks to get back to the contour I wanted. Faster than actually doing work.
It took 45 minutes to etch because I left the proofgrade settings. I frequently drop d.p.i. to 195 or 220 to cut the engrave time in half if the project merits less detail, and this certainly could have been done quicker. 7" wide.
Happy seasonal design to all of you.