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 🙂