How to make a branding iron?


#1

Anyone have ideas on how I can make a custom branding iron plate with my glowforge? What material/settings should I use? I need to hot stamp wood that is too big to fit in my Glowforge Plus. Is there a way to craft a custom logo hot plate that I can heat with my Hot Stamp handle ( or a blow torch)? Any ideas and workarounds would be appreciated.


#2

There are services that can make brands for you.
http://www.brandnew.net


#3

If you want to DIY it, you will likely need to CNC mill it out of brass or something. In theory, if you or your local maker space have a Carvey and the know how/software to create the gcode for it, then it shouldnt be too difficult to make one yourself.


#4

This was just discussed some here:

https://community.glowforge.com/t/making-a-branding-negative/24218

@rbtdanforth, @jbv, and @markwal both seemed to know a thing or three…


#5

Acid etching??? Not sure the materials involved, but you could probably cut the resist with the glowforge and eat away the rest with acid.


#6

Thank you!


#7

Thanks! Appreciate the idea.


#8

good food for thought, thanks. I’ll have to check out Rockler


#9

Hmmm, that could be interesting. Thanks for the idea.