Custom magnets are a great way to show off your brand and your designs. Typically, creating custom magnets is limited to printed versions or store bought items. With this method, you can create custom die cut magnets with virtually any material that is safe for CO2 lasers.
A couple of years ago, I made Woodpecker's 1281 square replicas out of MDF using laser engraving and painting techniques. I spoke with Woodpeckers about redoing the project out of acrylic and they agreed that it would make a great video. I designed this project using just pictures from the Woodpeckers website, as well as ruler generators to get the lines. The benefit of the acrylic model is that I am able to customize the colors for the square and engrave my own logo onto it as well. Keep in mind that these will not be as accurate as the...
One of the best things about the laser is the versatility. A lot of different materials can be engraved and even cut, which gives us the opportunity to make a variety of products. The downside to having so many material options, is that each material has it's own optimal or perfect laser settings to achieve the best results.
For a while, I've wanted to successfully make a project that involved heat bending acrylic. In past heat bending projects, I usually became impatient and tried to rush the bending process which led to breaking the final product. I decided that this time I would make it a point to be more patient and be more careful.
Cast and extruded acrylic are very popular in laser and CNC machining. In my experience, cast acrylic is the one that I use most often. If I plan to engrave and cut the acrylic, I will buy cast. If I plan on only cutting it, I buy extruded as it has a lower cost. This summary will help you figure out which type to use.