Try This: Laser Engrave a Business Card Holder

I-Min (Devin) Huang joined GCC more than 5 years ago. He is an application engineer of the laser product line. In this position, he handles the GCC LaserPro Application Lab, and he releases monthly LaserPro product showcases and application sharing at www.laserproi.com. He also assists customers in developing tailor-made applications.

Laser engraving is one popular method used to engrave personalized images/photo-related products, including family portraits, couples’ photos, and photos of pets, on metal substrates. A business card holder is a great item to have in your pocket when networking to use as a sample of what your shop is capable of.

Materials Needed:

  • Metal marking system
  • Metal business card holder

Settings Used:

Note: This how-to was done using the GCC C180II laser engraver. This is a CO2 30-watt machine. Settings may vary depending on your specific machine. Also note that certain metals require a marking agent such as CerMark. Always check your substrate material before beginning.

  • 2-inch lens
  • Speed: 70%
  • Power: 15%
  • DPI: 300

Step One: Placement

Place the business card holder case on the working table of the laser machine.

Step Two: Focus

Press Autofocus to automatically set the focal distance.

Step Three: Set Parameters

Set up parameters as indicated above. Send the image file to the laser machine.

Step Four: Engrave

Press Start to begin processing. After a minute or so of your laser engraver marking the business card holder, your sample will be complete.

—Devin Huang, GCC