No laser? Get your laptop etched for free!


Want to get your laptop custom etched… for free? During the next couple of months, I’ll be giving away some free etching sessions. How do you get one? Just submit a fresh new hack via the tips line. If it makes the cut and gets published, you’ve got a chance to get your laptop or gadget etched in this 45 watt epilog laser cutter. Here are a few guidelines to help you win:

  1. Make sure it’s fresh. Use google for 10 seconds to make sure it hasn’t been published on a major blog already.
  2. Make sure it’s got a picture – everybody likes a good visual aid.
  3. You’ll be more likely to win if you’re submitting your own work.

Good luck!

28 thoughts on “No laser? Get your laptop etched for free!

  1. Yeah, etching a laptop is more like a piercing… You are stuck with it for a while, and if it is unusual/different, get used to people doing a doubletake.

    But if it is what you want, it is all worth it, right?

  2. #5 and #6 – For AL and Ti PowerBooks, replacement (used) shells are a dime a dozen, and the outer surface is paint. Can anybody say “niche business model?”

  3. so let me get this straight, if i submit a hack and it makes front page. i get my laptop etched for free? or is this a raffle type thing where a front page hack is a ticket…

  4. “If it makes the cut and gets published, you’ve got a chance to get your laptop or gadget etched in this 45 watt epilog laser cutter.”

    If it gets put up, you’ve got a shot. We’ll pick a recipient every week or two. – every 7 to 14 days. If it gets put up, you’ve got at least a 1 in 14 chance.

  5. Hmm, i got a couple hacks ive been meaning to post. I dont know how the Navy would take it, if i got my laptop etched lol.

    Would definitly be badass lol *submitting later tonight*

  6. What would it cost to etch. I don’t have any hacks at the moment but would like to get my MBP done to distinguish it from all the other ones at school.

  7. While we are on the topic, where is a good place to get measurements or a template for preparing an image to be sent to an Epilog? I know a guy locally who has one and has done some tests on old Acer lids.

    And for those asking… most place I have found are charging $30-40 to do it.

  8. Tek: $30-$40 to do what exactly? Everyone I’ve seen doing laptop work is charging on the order of $100-$150. For normal, prepped jobs I can see it being cheaper. Small gadget work is usually $30-$40 that I’ve seen.

  9. I have a laser cutter in my lab, and a mac book pro, any idea, on the settings, or what do you think is the best way to work on this?

  10. Sorry first post, this one is up my alley.
    @23: A high wattage laser cutter is likely going to be too powerful. If your laptop is metal, you will need a YAG, if plastic then other varieties such as CO2 would work as well.

    My first stab at an anodized metal part would include the following:
    -beam movement speed of 600mm/s
    -Power equivalent of 7-7.5 CW Watts
    -Repetition frequency of 30kHz (for low-value resonance chamber)

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