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How do you say “Thank You” to an outstanding client or customer? Nick Caito of SBC Laser demonstrates his take on adding a personalized touch to a unique gift. In this Platinum Partner build, Caito mixes steel, acrylic, and brass with a combination of laser cutting and engraving with his Kern 400W HSE laser system.
- 18 ga mild steel
- 1/4" acrylic (clear and black)
- .020" brushed brass (used here is from Rowmark)
- Brass acorn nuts, washers, and bolts
- Blackening chemical
- 18 ga Mild Steel
Assist Gas: Oxygen (100psi)
- Acrylic Etching
Assist Gas: Compressed Air (20psi)
- Acrylic Cutting:
Assist Gas: Compressed Air (5psi)
Step One: Set Parameters and Cut Mild Steel
When cutting metal, laser focus is an important aspect. As the mild steel is cut, it heats up and tends to move around. If using a Kern (like we did for this project), the automatic height follower maintains a consistent focus point over the entire sheet.
Step Two: Form Metal
This custom cage and base are bent using a folding table. No welding was required.
Step Three: Cut and Engrave Acrylic
Lasers are popular tools when processing acrylic.
Step Four: Blacken Steel
A chemical process used applied to the steel, giving it a blackened look.
Step Five: Assemble
The only fasteners used on this project are decorative brass acorn cap nuts.
The finished product. (Images courtesy Kern Laser and SBC Laser)