Custom Keychain Engraving - A Step-by-Step Process
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Custom Keychain Engraving - A Step-by-Step Process

Introduction

In this article, we’ll take a look at how quick and simple it is to create a custom engraving with the Etcher Laser. For this particular example, we’re going to show the engraving of a name onto a leather key chain.

The Process

Step1: Capturing the position of the material

The first step is opening the top of the machine until it locks into position and placing the key chain into the Etcher Laser working bed.

Then place the laser height adjustment acrylic atop the keychain and lower the laser head until it touches the top of the acrylic.

Next, you can use the built-in camera to take a photo of the positioning of the key chain using the ‘capture’ function within the software.

Step2: Create a design data and import it in the software

After that, you can see an image of the key chain in the processing area. From there, you can use the software’s built-in text entry feature to type in whatever text you’d like to engrave (in this case ‘Brittany’). You can adjust the size of the text freely, and there are also dozens and dozens of fonts to choose from as well.

In addition, you can also import your design or image file in its compatible format (whether from your own software such as Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, etc., the internet, or your device’s photo library) into the Etcher Laser software and superimpose it onto the image of the key chain by dragging it. (SN: You can also engrave your own hand-drawn designs as well. This only adds in one simple additional step, but for the sake of simplicity here, we’ll explore that option in another post. Stay tuned.)

Step3: Adjust the size/ position/ angle and start processing

The software allows you to freely drag, resize, and tilt the image file until the size and positioning are to your liking.

Once you are satisfied that the design looks good and is positioned where you want it to be etched, you’re ready to go.

Lastly, adjust the speed and power parameters of the laser to achieve the desired depth and darkness of the engraving.

Final Thoughts

As a general rule, the higher the laser power and the slower the speed, the deeper and darker the engraving will be. However, some materials may be subject to burning if the laser speed is too low. You may want to try a test run of some settings to see exactly what kind of results you want.

For example, you could start at mid to high power with a faster speed setting, and simply run multiple passes to achieve the desired result if you are looking for a cleaner engraving that’s not too dark. Or you could just lower to the speed, giving the laser more time to interact with the material thus giving a deeper, darker etch.

There are plenty of possibilities and potential settings, so in the end, it’s up to you!

Etcher Laser Team