Awards & Engraving

2019 Custom Gift Annual

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34 • A&E MID-MAY 2019 How to Create a Mixed Media Gift Using a Laser By Kern Laser and SBC Laser H ow do you say "Thank You" to an outstanding client or customer? Nick Caito of SBC Laser demonstrates his take on adding a personalized touch to a unique gift. In this Platinum Partner build, Caito mixes steel, acrylic, and brass with a combination of laser cutting and engraving with his Kern 400W HSE laser system. MATERIALS NEEDED: • 18 ga mild steel • 1/4" acrylic (clear and black) • .020" brushed brass (used here is from Rowmark) • Brass acorn nuts, washers, and bolts • Blackening chemical SUGGESTED PARAMETERS: • 18 ga Mild Steel Speed: 2"/sec Power: 90% Frequency: 600Hz Assist Gas: Oxygen (100psi) • Acrylic Etching Speed: 80"/sec Power: 25% DPI: 300 Assist Gas: Compressed Air (20psi) • Acrylic Cutting: Speed: .5"/sec Power: 30% Assist Gas: Compressed Air (5psi) How-To/Tutorial 34 • A&E MID-MAY 2019 The finished product. IMAGES COURTESY KERN LASER AND SBC LASER

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