Nothing that I love more than a good laser engraving. Especially the type that I often see on an iPod, Zune, laptop, or similar mobile device. I’ve always wondered how laser engraving is done, and now there is a device to allow anyone to do it.
The device is the Zing from Epilog Laser, a personal laser engraver that hooks up to a computer just like your paper printer. You can then boot up your favorite drawing on CorelDraw, and the Zing will etch it permanently on wood, acrylic, plastic, leather, cork, Corian, glass, treated metals, and more.
As you may have guessed, laser cutting requires a lot of precision and accuracy. So if you want to do something that requires a lot of detail, don’t count on a quick job on the Zing.
The Zing Laser costs about $8,000, which probably isn’t enough for every consumer to buy. However, if you want to set up a laser engraving shop, you could probably make a small profit with custom engraving.
You know, you should definitely test the engraving before you totally scar your mobile device or whatever it is you’re tattooing. I mean, it’s not like you can erase it if you mess up, or reprint it. Speaking of tattooing, will this device work on human flesh? That would make the skin ink business go a lot faster, provided it was a little less painless than the needle.