Etching Pro Tip

 Quick Tip: Short on time, but still need to etch your material, here's a new technique for using the laser to etch that won't take so long, as shown through  MFA Products of Design  student Anna Chau's project. Anna is making packaging for a pencil sharpener that won't fall over and needs to etch and cut the packaging design.

Quick Tip: Short on time, but still need to etch your material, here's a new technique for using the laser to etch that won't take so long, as shown through MFA Products of Design student Anna Chau's project. Anna is making packaging for a pencil sharpener that won't fall over and needs to etch and cut the packaging design.

 Instead of configuring the machine for etch and cut in the same job, separate your work on to two layers - a cut layer and an etching layer.  Make sure all of your lines are set to 0.001".  Hide the cut layer and go to the print settings, now instead of putting in the etching settings choose vector and set it the same way you would to cut.  Make sure to lower the power. Hit print -  you've just tricked the laser into etching you material much faster than it wants to.

Instead of configuring the machine for etch and cut in the same job, separate your work on to two layers - a cut layer and an etching layer. Make sure all of your lines are set to 0.001". Hide the cut layer and go to the print settings, now instead of putting in the etching settings choose vector and set it the same way you would to cut. Make sure to lower the power. Hit print - you've just tricked the laser into etching you material much faster than it wants to.

 Once your material is etched hide the etching layer and make the cut layer visible again. Print the cut layer with the proper settings.

Once your material is etched hide the etching layer and make the cut layer visible again. Print the cut layer with the proper settings.