Laser cut business cards + the trials and tribulations

I found a box of wood veneer I had from a project a few years back and decided to make some business cards with them. Although I do not have a ton of laser cutter experience it seemed like it would be a pretty easy project. I had my file ready and headed to my makerspace.

I was totally wrong. I got to the makerspace at my reserved time but they were doing a safety training course so my time got pushed back an hour (this would not happen with my glowforge :joy:)

Once I was able to start using the laser cutter I imported my files… it ended up taking an hour to set the file up correctly in the software and unfortunately no matter the settings I could not get the laser to pick up all the thin details of the calligraphy.

Regardless, I cut a few of them before the makerspace closed for the night. The whole time I could not stop thinking the glowforge could eliminate the majority of the frustrations I had while trying to cut these. I will try these again when my glowforge gets delivered and I am really looking forward to posting a comparison of my experiences!


I can see where the laser you used didn’t do your calligraphy full justice, but those cards still look very nice! I can’t wait to see what you produce with your own laser.


It’s art…as opposed to chicken scratches (mine). They look fantastic. :relaxed:


You should see her Instagram account! Gorgeous calligraphy as well as watercolor.


Beautiful! And I love them each in their own little envelopes too :heart_eyes:


Thanks for sharing! They look good but I do see where there is room for improvement with a better laser cutter. Can’t wait to see how they look coming out of your Glowforge. I’m expecting custom laser engraved/cut business cards to be part of the business model for my Glowforge to earn its keep.


Wow, great work!


Nice job. I feel for you with the Makerspace. When you’ve got one at home it’s so much easier to work through learning issues.

When it’s home & in the basement it’s even easier :slightly_smiling_face: Before the GF PRU I had to hunker down in the garage with a portable heater going. Now I’m all comfy and close to where we keep the snacks :grinning:


Thank you! Me either :wink:


Thank you! I love these envelopes too! They are so cute


@johnwills great idea! laser cut business cards are awesome!

@jamesdhatch my makerspace is 45 minutes away so I don’t get there that often, and when I do I’m restricted to 2 hours of use. It is going to be so much better when I have a laser in my office!

@cynd11 thank you, your so sweet!

@joe thank you!


I always enjoy when you share your work, and cannot wait to see what you’ll do with your Glowforge!

FWIW, I have similar challenges w/my “local” makerspace. They’re wonderful - but not close or convenient, so scheduling is far more challenging than it should be. All that to say that I feel your trials and tribulations - hopefully, they’ll be behind you very soon :slight_smile:


Mine is near the office but a half hour from the house. I can use anything 24x7 but that means sometimes I look up and it’s 2am and I still have to drive home. We have everything there and I’ve been adding to what’s available. Everything new coming into the house has to have something else leave :slightly_smiling_face: so some of my little used tools are ending up in the Makerspace. If I need a Mig welder I can still use it but now it’s taking up room in someone else’s space and other folks can use it when I don’t need to (about 99.99% of the time since I’m a very infrequent welder).

The laser is good to have at home and I’m finding even better when it’s inside vs the garage :slightly_smiling_face:


@Drea thank you! It’s really cool being able to see everyones skill sets and how they plan to use the same tool to do such different things!

@jamesdhatch if I could be at my makerspace 24/7 I would probably never leave :joy:


I use wood veneer business cards too, but use an ink stamp for the info at the moment, can’t wait to give this a try when I get my Glowforge! They look great! :heart_eyes: :+1:


This is a great project idea and yes, cannot wait for GF delivery to carry out this and so many other ideas. Love the idea of business cards cut on the GF. Yes, i agree, something was lost in the total effort, but they still look pretty darn good.

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That’s so fantastic! What laser were you using at the maker space, out of curiosity?


Thank you! I believe it is a 60w redsail

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Thanks! I can’t wait to get you your Glowforge - I think you’ll be really happy with the results you get. :slight_smile:


Me too, on both counts! :grin:

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