Check out fiber lasers, John.
Not necessarily, Oscar. Just a quick search and I found this one on Amazon - Fiber laser. I know plenty of folks who have spent 2-4 times that much on their CNC machines for home use. Here are 10 machines ranging from about $3k to nearly $30kThey are a little bit harder to find because they are a magnitude more expensive than the normal CO2 lasers out there.
I have aWhat & Where would I look for to find a shop that engraves lettering into steel that would be about 1mm deep ?
The local sign shops in my area only engrave or cut thin wood and plastics - no steel.
(The items I have have no markings to cover up - this will be new engraving). The chatter on the gun forums is all over the map with very few photos that are under ten years old. LOTS of laser work on the wood portions of the firearms but not actually into the metal itself.
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Note: Only the laser engraving is open for discussion - not anything about the weapon itself.
I just plan to practice on old guns. I am betting my local Sheriff has a few non-working guns he could lend to me for the experiments. I will ask.good deal, Joe !!
when you are at the gun store, ask them what grade of steel would be the equivilant to gun metal for practicing on.
These must be significantly different than the ones my friends have in their laser shop. They have three Epilog laser machines and in about a month will buy another (36", I think).I bought my K40 for around $500 with an upgraded digital controller ($700) around 8 years ago.
This one is a fiber laser, only for metal. I thought it was 50 watts, but it turns out it is only 30 watts. I was doing this experiment, thinking ... "It should do more than that!" Then I found the settings in the layers menu. I was only running it at 60% power and too fast. I set it to 100% power and slowed down the speed, and my aluminum black anodized business card warped from the heat. I did some deeper engraving. I am happy. This wasn't a $300.00 laser. this one was $3,500.00lol. They are. They do work but they are entry level laser engravers from China. Working area is 8 inches by 10-12 inches or there abouts. Not something you would use commercially but for a hobby may be good enough.
You can buy one for $300 on ebay right now and have it in two days.
DOBRO is an old guitar brand that was made a hundred years ago. The guitar this plate will be installed on is an antique. We aren't even going to finish it. He wants to let it rust ... er ... "PATINA" naturally.I could not see anything happening?
Also, is a Dobro a make of guitar? From listening to some music, I was under the impression, it was a differnt style of guitar.....
Like blue grass music....
You cannot view the You Tube video in my reply (above)?I could not see anything happening?
Oh, you will.oh my, that is way too cool, Joe !!
I hope we can see some sample text on gun metal material soon.
I saw the video - if you look really close, you can see the faint fumes or smoke rising up through the laser beam.