laser engraving baby blocks

Try This: Laser Engrave Baby Blocks

Devon Posey is a graphic designer at Epilog Laser. With a bachelor’s degree in graphic design from Harding University in Arkansas, Posey has been working in the graphic design field since graduation, and some of her top skills include web design, corporate branding, packaging design, photography, and creating eblasts. Posey focuses on web and print design, sample creations, and developing laserable ideas to help enable customer access.

Laser engraving baby blocks is a profitable application for laser owners and they make a popular gift for moms-to-be! These cute and versatile blocks have dual purposes —when a baby is little, they are a great way to commemorate monthly milestones. As little ones grow older, the blocks are ideal for helping to learn letters and numbers. Check out the steps below and you'll be laser engraving baby blocks in no time!

Materials needed:

  • Wooden blocks
  • A laser system

We used a Fusion Pro 32 with a 50-watt CO2:

  • Vector: speed 45%; power 100%; 500 DPI

Step One: Setup

Place the wooden blocks on the table. You may straighten them with a ruler if you like, or line them up against the edges of the table.

Step Two: Prepare Artwork

Download these graphics and import it into your graphic software. Make adjustments as necessary. Note that we have included the entire alphabet in the file, as well as numbers and various animal graphics. You can create the entire alphabet, or just the recipient’s name.

Using the Fusion Pro’s live camera, we are able to move the artwork into place within the Epilog Dashboard. If you don’t have a Fusion Pro, you will need to ensure the graphic is placed where you want it. You may draw an outline around the graphics and send the outlines to the laser, then turn on the red dot pointer at your machine's control panel. Keep the lid to the laser open while you run the test and watch the red dot pointer trace the outline. Back in your graphics software, adjust the graphics as necessary to fit the blocks.

Step Three: Send the Job to the Laser

Send the job to the laser with the correct parameters for your machine wattage. Our blocks were unfinished, so we recommend using the bottom-up laser engraving feature to avoid excess smoke/residue settling into the engraved portions of your design. You may elect to finish or stain/paint the blocks before or after engraving.

Where can you sell laser engraved baby blocks?

  • Children's stores
  • Toy shops
  • Online stores
  • Specialty gift shops
  • Restaurants

Images courtesy Epilog