Below is a video and some photos of the process of creating some custom VIN badges for our car hood coffee tables. A small piece of sheet metal is sprayed with black spray paint and then the black paint is etched away to create the image you see. The laser is capable of etching any image file. I had to invert my original art (shown below) to get the correct effect I was looking for, since the laser will etch the black parts and I wanted those ares to show the metal from below the paint. The Idea Foundry’s Laser is an Epilog mini 24. The settings I used were 100% speed and 50% power. After its time with the laser, I sprayed the badge with a light coat of clear enamel to preserve the look and keep rust at bay.
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