Awards & Engraving

June '19

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60 • A&E JUNE 2019 3 Tips for Laser Engraving Wood • When vector cutting wood in a laser, the use of a low-tack paper mask reduces burn marks. • When laser engraving wood, you can typically use low power, high speed. • Adjusting your DPI high can give you a darker, higher contrasting mark when lasering. Jessica Carpenter, JPPlus Tips for Lasering Bamboo Cutting Boards Genuine bamboo cutting boards make lovely personalized gifts. They're durable and will stand up to everyday use, but also beau- tiful, making them perfect to display as décor in any kitchen. Laser engraving these eco-friendly boards is a fairly simple process that produces stunning results. All you'll need is the cutting board; LAZ32 or your desired cleaner; and if paint-filling, you'll need masking tape, LazerDark Clear Coat, and LazerDark Black or Dark Brown (or clear coat and paint of your choice). Recommended settings vary depending on the brand, watt, and model of your laser, but as a guideline these work the best: • 35 watt: DPI 600; Speed 25%; Power 60% • 60 watt: DPI 400; Speed 35%; Power 85% 1. Vector cut a mask for guide on the laser bed. Place the cut- ting board on the mask. Test for correct marking position by lasering a test piece, or tape a clear piece of plastic to the board and engrave. 2. Your engraving will vary from light to dark, showing bamboo's natural beauty. 3. Clean with LAZ32. If paint-filling, cover board with masking tape, using a squeegee to remove bubbles or wrinkles. Engrave your art, spray with LazerDark Clear Coat, and then LazerDark paint. Allow to dry and remove mask from the board and letters/graphics with closed areas. Paint-filled boards are not recommended for food contact. Cheryl Loban, JDS Industries IMAGE COURTESY JDS INDUSTRIES IMAGE COURTESY COLORADO HEIRLOOM

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