> I work for a company that has four laser engraving machines (used for
> imprinting serial numbers on anmeplates and labels). I would think
> that the machines could be used for some types of work, but that any
> thin lines would not have sufficient support (i.e. the
> traditional "shoulder" which supports small dots and lines....
> John Henry
They have a large laser engraver at Art Center College of Design.
Several students have created alphabets and imaging for their work at
Archetype Press. Quite impressive.
One student produced some quite accurate foot high letterforms that
would certainly act as a replacement for wood type. The cutting was
on masonite and was straight down without shoulder. Several of the
images however were fine line and these seem to reproduce quite well.
The problem here is the quality of the typographic surface, how
receptive is it to ink and how well it facilitates ink transfer, etc, as
well as the fitting of a base to the surface piece. This has to be
done quite accurately to achieve a uniform type high printing surface.