First laser etched Kindle 2! The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – “Don’t Panic”

Not too long ago there was an xkcd comic featuring the Kindle, we knew someone would eventually laser etch a new Kindle 2 but we didn’t expect it to be us! Here’s the first ever laser etched Kindle 2! Sean brought his over to the shop today and we “experimented”. We used 80% power and 100% speed on our Epliog 35W laser, the laser burned off a thin layer of metal and the results look great.

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And here’s a video of the entire process! You can check it out on YouTube, vimeo, and direct download (MP4).

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  1. I just wanted to drop you guys a public line and thank you again, the unit is now perfect. Also, I took 10 seconds to blog on this myself

  2. Hmm, I was going to do this with my iPhone. Beaten to the punch!

  3. You guys should market that service. I’d buy it!

  4. Me too … I don’t own a Kindle, but I’d buy one for this logo 🙂

  5. Would you care to share what settings (speed & power) you had your laser set on to etch the Kindle? Thanks!

  6. Incredible. XKCD had it perfect!

    How long does earth have left?

  7. Steve Nordquist

    Better yet, get the fellow’s permission and print the proof of Fermat’s last theorem in the -margin- of the back, adding that there is no such thing as blinker fluid, and maybe throw an embellished copy of Maxwell’s Equations front and center. Maybe “Click Elsewhere to make Occam’s Razor Your Friend.” Handy reference while reading the front!

  8. Nice one,
    what font is that?

  9. I think all that information would cost you extra. Do they charge per character or amount of surface etched?

  10. I *WANT*. =D

    Very good work and book as well. I like it.

  11. amazing idea, but really, you had to use that typeface?
    a nice bold sans-serif NONSCRIPT typeface would make it perfect.

  12. Just engraved mine with my own epilog laser (Don’t ask why I have one). I used a bold font for my don’t panic, and it came out great. Just used the powers (power 80 speed 100) above. Will post link to pictures soon. Thanks guys 🙂

  13. Just engraved mine with my own epilog laser (Don’t ask why I have one). I used a bold font for my don’t panic, and it came out great. Just used the powers (power 80 speed 100) above. Will post link to pictures soon. Thanks guys 🙂

    Oh, and the powers are the same for a 30 watt as well.

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