[EMS Discuss] Acrylic engraving

Craig Godwin craig at godwinlabs.com
Tue Jun 24 09:51:55 PDT 2014

I have both a CNC router and laser cutter that would do the trick.  I've 
been working a lot with acrylic recently - almost on a daily basis.  My 
laser software only does raster, so it works well with very detailed 
patterns, but doesn't do great with cutting.  The laser usually gives 
better results than the CNC but it depends on what you are doing.  I've 
learned a few tricks over the last few months, so we can look at what 
you are trying to do and figure out the best approach.  How big is the 
part?  My laser maxes out somewhere around 8" x 12", but the CNC can 
handle larger - 16" x 28" or even bigger depending on the layout.

Let me know, and we can try something over the next few days.

I've got extremely limited bandwidth, but both the laser and CNC router 
could be available occasionally for EMS member projects. They are a pain 
to transport (especially the CNC router), but I might drag one or the 
other to the EMS shop at some point for a special event.


On 6/24/2014 9:32 AM, Rick Osgood wrote:
> I'm looking to engrave a sheet of acrylic. I know you can do this with 
> a laser cutter, and likely a milling machine. The pattern I'm working 
> with is very intricate so doing it by hand with a Dremel tool is out 
> of the question for me. I would likely need some kind of CNC machine.
> Does anyone have access to a laser or CNC that can help me out? I'd be 
> willing to pay assuming it's not too expensive. I'm looking for a 
> really fast turn around time (by Friday...) if possible.
> Thanks,
> Rick
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