side project: CNCBadges

Want something different for your latest PC? I’m starting to offer custom CNC cut case badges made on my mill. I’m starting off with 1″ x 1″ badges made from .125″ thick 6061 aluminum alloy. The test cuts above should give you a decent idea of what I’m talking about. (The edges are a bit rough because I need to order some proper engraving bits.) I’ve just about gotten the kinks out, so I’m going to start accepting orders now. Engraved badges are $6 and shipping’s just $1 in the US. Everything is very, very beta – let me know if you have any questions.

Eliot said that I could pimp my little venture if I give away some Hack-A-Day badges. So drop a comment – I’ll pick five or so at random (unless you’re a tool) to receive a free badge with the Hack-A-Day logo. I *might* consider offering Hack-A-Day badges to raise money for the EFF, but it’s still up in the air.


  1. Steve says:

    ooooooooh, delicious.

  2. Trimzulu says:

    I’m in for one.

  3. camperdave says:

    They look pretty good, but 1 question – how thick are those badges?

    It could just be zoomed in really close… but those look like some chunky badges.

  4. hardwire says:

    hey hardwire here from Australia these badges look great and i would like some hackaday swag please lol :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D keep up the good work guys

  5. Mike says:

    One of these would be sweet to stick on my laptop and parade around highschool. I wonder if anyone would recognize it.

  6. Elliott says:

    i will get one of these when i build my new computer.

  7. Nick H says:

    Dude one of those would be amazing!

  8. Uberwon says:

    HAHA look at all the post from the newbs wanting a new badge. anyway looks awesome would look really well in black brushed aluminum too.try them on different materials and see how they come out.otherwise they look great.

  9. Timmy says:

    They look pretty snazzy.

    Its definitely on my Xmas list for this year.


  10. Joe Pitz says:

    Will, Put me in the list for the badge drawing



  11. flubba86 says:

    Wow thats so cool. Ive always wanted to build my own CNC machine but never had the motivation. I am an engineering student and a programmer so it wouldnt be too hard for me lol.

  12. Jakeh says:

    Add me to the list! Thank you!

  13. LPS2 says:

    oh nice!… now that would make a computer case pretty damn sexy

  14. Alex says:

    Generic suck-up comment!

  15. Henry says:

    Very cool badges. I’d love to get one of those.

  16. HaX80r says:

    Yet another incentive to build a CNC machine. Looks good. The question is: where would it look better, on a high-end rig or the old Apple Mac Plus (for nostalgic purposes).

  17. Bobby Ferris says:

    Sweet. I’ve been thinking about hacking myself up a CNC machine for a while, but mainly don’t have the time. Glad to see you’re having fun with yours. :)

  18. Joe Pitz says:

    Please put me in for the drawing.



  19. Alan says:

    Sounds like an interesting business venture and the price sounds very reasonable!

  20. Matt Rasmussen says:

    I’d love one. And to Lerneaen Hydra, it could be metal “dust” from the milling.

  21. Naiden says:

    Very nice, I have an old Unimat mill that I very much want to turn into a cnc, and every time I see a project involving diy cnc, it just makes me more enthusiastic about the whole diy lifestyle!


  22. lance-o-matic says:



  23. colin says:

    I’ll find a box to put one on.

    (It might not be mine.)

  24. Hybridchemistry says:

    WANT. WANT. WANT. Also would LOVE Hack A Day Stickers.. and T shirts… and everything wonderful under the Moon’s night sky. :]

  25. Andrew says:

    I think this is a great idea, there’s no such thing as too much Hach a Day schwag!

  26. kyle says:

    those are pretty cool, and it looks like your mill has pretty decent resolution. nicely done…i like the idea of using these to help support the effort. keep up the good work!

  27. thip says:

    I’d like a badge, if only I weren’t such a tool :(

  28. Darkrom says:

    Hey I ordered a bunch already, one for each pc that I am building, but how about one for the hood of my car?

    I am the guy who got the hackaday tattoo after all…

    Either way nice work.

  29. Ronald_55 says:

    If you were hacking a case, you could just cnc the stuff right into the case. I am customizing a rackmount case right now, but I have no cnc equip. If I had one, I would have to take on a second job to feed it material for all my projects :)

  30. elric says:

    Very nice. Great way for me to replace that CoolerMaster logo badge. ;-)

  31. deadlight says:

    I am the tool you’re looking for!! regardless that’s pretty neat

  32. Simon says:

    Those are quite simply the dogs gonads! No doubt about it. One would look amazing when it covers up the nasty Dell logo on my PC at work.

    Add me to the draw for some Hack A Day swag too!

  33. Richard says:

    I love these, they would look great on my case.

  34. unsupported says:

    Those are neat-o bandit-o!

  35. Derek says:

    That’s a really good idea. Actual metal instead of plastic.

  36. Jayson Allen says:

    Everyone else “Don’t need no stinking badges!”, but I do. That’s a cool idea. Are you just making them with Hack-A-Day logo’s or can we get other things engraved for an added fee?

  37. cde says:

    Add me to the chance to win, cause it might end up on a thinclient I am modding for my site (Not up yet.)

    And any chance you can try a cutout instead of an engraving? How does it look like on .092″ aluminum flashing? Can you pick up a small sheet (6″x10″ for .35 cents at home depot) and try it out with the hackaday logo outline? I use the flashing as prototyping for metal designs, but its all diagonal cutters, tin snips, and ball point hammer for what I do. I don’t have a fancy smancy cnc mill.

  38. dragon says:

    very cool, ive been trying to mod my own pc case from scrath would like any imput you have hackers of the world unite

  39. wolff000 says:

    Kudos on the badge. If I don’t get a freebie I’ll have to order one.

  40. Tyler says:

    Great idea! I can’t wait until I get my own CNC mill going… :)

  41. Sp`ange says:

    Engraved bits would “pop-out” even more if some paint was wiped in to the grooves and then wiped away from the surface. That being said, you could offer a black, red, blue, green etc.. option.

    Throw in some DIY anodizing and you’ll have tons of options. But a green anodized Hackaday badge with black accents would be just right. ;)

  42. R* says:

    Word! They’d probly be more like $10 if you ordered them from outside. Yeah self-sufficiency!

  43. Dan Zylenko says:

    Very cool idea. A few questions. Will you do different shapes and sizes? What kind of detail can you do? Hopw deep is the engraving and can you get them anodized in different colors?

  44. ClenchedTeeth says:

    Can you send me one in New Zealand?

  45. Kyle says:

    Pretty cool, I thought it was done with a laser at first glance. Not to shabby for a cnc mill.

  46. strider_mt2k says:

    Oh man I’d love to be picked to BUY at least three for my various machines-wait- make that four!

    Coolest logo ever!

  47. ed b. says:

    CNC milling looks like a good way to make some money. Those badges look awesome, love to get one!

  48. chris says:

    I’ve been hear since the first post, hook me up!

  49. WindWalker says:

    Kickass idea, I’ve already got a laser engraved top to my case. Would be awesome to have my own custom fan grill. Maybe i’ll buy one for ya.

  50. Brian says:

    if i hadn’t already ordered a badge for my case i would’ve gotten one of these, they’re WAYYY cooler. and a Hack-A-Day badge would look sweet proudly displayed on my case!!!


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