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Laser Engraving

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  • Michael Barnes
    Dear Folks, As an alternative to photopolymer plates, has laser engraving been discussed on this site? There are machines now that will take a Postscript file
    Message 1 of 2 , May 4, 2002
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      Dear Folks,

      As an alternative to photopolymer plates, has laser engraving been discussed
      on this site? There are machines now that will take a Postscript file and
      engrave it into hard plastic; I list a few websites below. It strikes me
      that though the purchase price of one of these machines might be high, the
      plastic material one used subsequently for plates might be low, and the
      machines can serve other industries as well.

      http://www.epiloglaser.com/materials.htm

      http://www.ulsinc.com/

      Michael Barnes
    • Erik Desmyter
      on http://www.epiloglaser.com/materials.htm under engraving you can read: With adjustable speed and power settings from 1 to 100% and dpi settings of up to
      Message 2 of 2 , May 11, 2002
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        on http://www.epiloglaser.com/materials.htm under engraving you can read:

        "With adjustable speed and power settings from 1 to 100% and dpi settings of
        up to 1200, you can set the engraver to print with as much depth and detail
        as you need"

        and under laser basics:

        "vector cutting is a continuous path that follows the outline, or profile,
        of an image. Vector cutting is normally used to cut completely through
        materials such as wood, acrylic, paper, etc. It can also be used for quick
        marking of characters and geometric patterns."

        "It is possible to mark bare metal with a low power CO2 laser system using a
        two step process. Simply apply a metal marking solution, such as Cerdec, to
        the metal and let it dry. Laser engrave you image onto the metal, and wash
        off the solution for a permanent metal mark. "

        "The Legend line of laser engraving and cutting systems can engrave at
        resolutions ranging from 200 to 1200 DPI"

        "higher power will produce deeper cutting or engraving. Adjustable in 1%
        increments, the power can be controlled either from your computer or from
        the control panel on the engraver"

        1200 dpi, variable depth, vector cutting all sounds interesting

        Rgds,
        Erik
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