Adafruit will be at the Gizmodo gallery on September 23rd 12 to 8pm, we’re setting up a laser etching station for one day only, Phil Torrone (Adafruit, MAKE) along with Ryan Block (gdgt) and Adam Savage (Mythbusters) are curating some items at the gallery – and there’s also laser etching. We’ll have some templates and will measure items while there, but you can also bring your own stuff in—provided they meet the following guidelines:
First, your illustration must be a vector file. Not a bitmap. If you are not sure what this means, don’t bring it. We are only etching vector-based files.
Repeat, no photos or bitmaps.
Save your vector illustration in Adobe Illustrator format (again, no bitmaps saved inside. Just vector art).
Convert any fonts to curves, we do not have every font known to humankind, convert your font.
Make sure your illustration is adjusted to your hardware physical features. If you are bringing a metal MacBook, you can use the templates found here. We will etch Black Macs and computers, but not white – it just burns it yellow and burnty-looking.
We’ll be charging for etching this year as a fundraiser for charity. Laptops will cost $25 to etch and handheld gadgets will cost $5 a piece. The charity will be “Engineers without borders“.
Lastly, this is for fun – if you’re worried about voiding warranties or how it will look if something goes spectacularly wrong, don’t do it 🙂
Adafruit has had paid day off for voting for our team for years, if you need help getting that going for your organization, let us know – we can share how and why we did this as well as the good results. Here are some resources for voting by mail, voting in person, and some NY resources for our NY based teams as well. If there are additional resources to add, please let us know – adafruit.com/vote
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