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Inspiration / Lots of free jpegs inside PDF documents
« on: August 17, 2017, 07:53:43 AM »
Free PDFs:

Product Kit Printable PDF's Now Available
Finally, the wait is over!  I was pleasantly surprised by one of my customers with printable PDF files that represent all of my current collection of product kits.  It is with great pleasure that I now offer these PDF files to you for immediate download.  Please click on the image of the link button to access my google drive.   Each product kit is password encrypted.   The password for each product kit is: fullaccess
Remember this password so that you can view the PDF files once they are downloaded.  Once you open the PDF file on the Google Drive you can download it by clicking the download Icon in the upper right-hand corner.


Inspiration / Silhouette of a train
« on: August 02, 2017, 09:00:47 PM »
I am looking for a silhouette of a train with a steam locomotive traveling along the rail. What I propose to do is use the new BCL capability to burn the picture into the wood and then use BCL's cutting capability to cut away the wood at the top of the silhouette, giving it a nice contoured appearance.

Of course, when our two BCL gurus get done with version 2, maybe they would take on making that ability a one-step setup task.  :o :P

Inspiration / Paint filled label plates
« on: August 02, 2017, 09:57:40 AM »
The video shows a shop with CNC milling ability to cut the label plate out from the brass stock. However, there are plenty of preformed brass plate sources out there so you don't need to cut the brass. for the technique of etching the plate. is a source of brass plates. There are many other sources out there too.

Consider purchasing brass switch wall plates ($6 at Home Depot DIY store) and etching scenes onto them. as an example.

Inspiration / Free DXF files
« on: June 24, 2017, 03:20:36 PM »
CNC Cookbook is starting a new free DXF file service. Made primarily for CNC milling, some will do just fine on a laser. This is a new site and is not fully populated with files.

General Discussion / Yet another idea I will not implement
« on: June 10, 2017, 06:27:21 PM »
With all the variation in wood surfaces, it seems to me that a scan of the wood surface to map its reflectivity might go a long way towards improving etching performance.

A single photoreceptor diode using the laser in low power for illumination could be used to map the surface of the wood with a fast raster scan and create an image that could be imposed on the incoming image (or in the host computer) and vary the power according to the condition of the wood. Might want a dichroic bandpass filter to make the photoreceptor insensitive to ambient light.

There you go . . . the free dumb idea of the week.

Inspiration / Slide Rule
« on: June 03, 2017, 06:44:51 PM »
You will have to adapt their designs but a slide rule engraved on wood would make a nice engineering office decoration

Inspiration / Fraction adding machine
« on: June 03, 2017, 06:41:32 PM »
Nifty little old-school tool. Sort of like a slide-rule (you have engraved one, haven't you? to find out how to make it work.

Inspiration / Som artwork for free and some you pay for
« on: May 30, 2017, 05:48:43 PM »

Made for laser cutters or plasma cutters (Big stuff) but I think they would work for us.

Inspiration / What to do with those old records
« on: May 30, 2017, 12:13:11 PM »
So, do you play or cut them?

Think of this picture matted in a frame with a white or cream background.

General Discussion / Do you know of this supplier
« on: May 26, 2017, 06:03:24 PM »

Nice wood and wood objects.

Inspiration / Do you know about the free designs at Epilaser?
« on: May 26, 2017, 05:45:08 PM » to download some nice files.
  • They download in Corel Draw format which can also be opened in Illustrator and then saved in DXF. The file will then open nicely in QCAD.
  • Or they open directly in Inkscape as an image file.
  • Or they open in Libre Office (a free Microsoft Office work-alike) and can be saved as an image file if you want to engrave them.
But, as usual, there are many many vectors and I have not found a way to connect them into a single object. Research continues

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