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. i like those CNC badges! sweet although they look real rough.

  2. Antonio says:

    hack-a-badge contest coming soon.

  3. Ryan G. Griffin says:

    that SO needs to be on my 68 Volvo 145s.


  4. SovietGhost says:

    Ayo I am a Lasic Computer Engineer, Basically i write programs for cnc fusion lasers. Have you ever thought about outsourcing your badges? My company charges $100 an hour for custom laser cuts and i could get at least couple thousand on a 96×48 sheet of metal…. and it would only take a couple hours… also i could do any thickness of metal.. Just a thought

  5. enigma- says:

    pretty cool, I would love to see one up close *(as in one for free)*
    good luck with your venture

  6. pepethekingprawn says:

    hook me up!!!

  7. tophiannan says:

    im not going to lie, those badges are freakin cool. i need one.

  8. Tom Levesque says:

    I love the idea of a custom plate for my PC. There could be a market for these things for a small office, or group, although I suppose plastic would be cheaper. Nice way to pimp out a machine.

  9. krispy says:

    Greetz from Holland (yes that tiny country in europe),

    I’m not gonna lie: I want one, that badge (logo and cnc-ed aluminium) would look kick ass on my flightcased pc. :)

    It’s a good idea btw. It’s hard to find industrial looking stuff for your pc out there :(

  10. Chris says:

    So where’s the LEDs?

  11. Jason stair says:

    How do I buy one? paypal? let me know I want one.

  12. BomberBoysk says:

    Dude… Nice badges! gotta love the hackaday logo, i wish i had a CNC mill, i LOVE the hackaday logo.

  13. Paul Sesink Clee says:

    very cool. i would definetly pay 7$ for that!

  14. ilya says:

    I want one! Hell, send me all of em.

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