Made a set of walnut & acrylic trophies for a cultural event at my wife’s work. Really happy with how they turned out!
Few things of note:
- Those metal standoffs were surprisingly hard to find locally at a brick & mortar store. I had to go to home depot & scrounge around the nuts & bolt sections. I was hoping for brass standoffs, but only were able to find some on Amazon & they wouldn’t have arrived on time.
- The walnut part was 1/2 inch thick. One set was solid walnut, the other was walnut plywood. I was a little worried about cutting through half-inch thick wood, but the Glowforge faired decently well. I do have the Pro unit, which has a tad more power than the basic models, but I think the Basic unit would do just fine as well. I DID have to flip the wood over & had to carefully/manually align the back-side to ensure the laser would meet the other cut “half-way”.
- I used Full power @ 200 speed, 2 passes for each side. Focus height was set to 0.5 inches for all passes. This didn’t result in too much burn/char. I used transfer tape to ensure a clean cut/engrave.
- Acrylic was 1/8" Proofgrade. Used SD engrave setting.