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Laser Etching B/W Images on Metal Plates?

 
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May 22, 2017 08:35 |  #1

Has anybody had experience laser etching their black and white images?

Our local library system has several "Maker Space" output devices available for public use. These include 3D printers, vinyl sign cutters and laser etching machines - time and use are free, we just have to supply/buy our own materials. The lasers will do wood cutting like signage and other creative output, and I've been told they can also etch on metal. The beam output isn't very strong (not like the villain's laser in "Goldfinger") and I'm told they're only effective with powder coated metal plates.

My goal is to take some of my b/w work and output it to thin metal plates, something like old etchings. For anybody who has done this, do you have suggestions for the most appropriate metal plate blanks? I've checked the web and find a variety of "printing" supplies available name tags and that sort of thing but nothing for the application I have in mind. Thanks in advance. - Stu


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Nov 23, 2017 01:48 |  #2

can you tell us your application in mind? or is it just B&W photography in general? my scientific curiosity is finding a good material that layers the metal and can work under this laser. not knowing its power level it would be hard to figure out how much coating it would need for a good dynamic range. a lot of testing would be needed.


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