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  • Birthday 02/02/1948

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    Tucson AZ
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    Old Time and Irish banjo, guitar, photography, shooting sports, sea kayaking, Scuba, endurance cycling, RC Airplanes and drones.

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  • Leatherwork Specialty
    Instrument Straps and music related cases and products
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    Sheridan Carving
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  1. I have completed the laser engraving of the backs and my workshop no longer smells like dead dogs. The new engraver held up well and was not even breaking a sweat and will hopefully have many more to do for phase two of the project. The small, activated charcoal fan filter did significantly reduce the smoke and odor. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B08HYZYZZX/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 Bonus I can use it for my RC Battery Business. The BOFA would be serious overkill! Thanks, Bob
  2. I have purchased plates from the Russian. He does wonderful work and I use them often. I 3D printed my own plates for this project (an example attached) . The plates are 3" in diameter on a 4" coaster. I did test placing the still cased coasters under a scrap piece of kitchen granite with an additional 10 lbs of scuba weights on a stack of 20 and allowed to dry for a few days and that seems to have done the trick. Thanks all for the suggestions!
  3. Anyone have tips on flattening 4" leather coasters after casing and stamping? I have many hundreds to produce.. Possibly just drying under weight? I also have a 20" heat press I use for laminating linings. But don't want to hurt the embossed image. Thanks! Bob
  4. This is the embossed leather. The whole process to create and print the stamp from the artwork took around 45 minutes.
  5. Simple. I 3D Print my own stamps almost daily. Paid for the printer the first week! I simply take a 2D Line graphic and then convert to an SVG file here: https://image.online-convert.com/convert-to-svg Then I read the SVG file in Tinkercad www.tinkercad.com Size as required and drop onto a "puck" of around 1/2" thick. Usually takes around 20 minutes to print: This is my printer: https://www.amazon.com/ELEGOO-Photocuring-Monochrome-Off-Line-5-1x3-1x5-9in/dp/B08L9JM11J/ref=sr_1_4?crid=XH1CJZBEE38F&dchild=1&keywords=elegoo+mars+2&qid=1624454347&sprefix=elegoo%2Caps%2C214&sr=8-4 Currently on sale at <$200. The resin for the stamp costs +-$2
  6. Thanks! I sent back the little unit, which I doubt would have got me through the project and purchased an NEJE 20Watt 160mm x 160mm unit. Both much more robust and I can do 4 coasters at a time. Only running 5ms burn time and @ 10%. I also invested in a small exhaust fan with activated carbon filter which seems to reduce to smoke and odor in the workshop. Had planned to do the production outside but the weather is supposed to hit 114 this week... Great for wet forming engraving..not so much! Bob
  7. I was quite happy with it for the original scope of the project, but as a former boss said (paraphrased) , only cheapskates can afford to buy things twice. A bigger order means a bigger budget and a better laser engraver
  8. I decided to send the laser printer (attached) back to Amazon. I was not comfortable with the build quality as the scope of my project has increased and may require many hundreds of prints. Does anyone have a recommendation for a plotter style engraver with larger than a 3x3" print area and at least 3W, preferably 5W. Would the extra 2W make a noticeable difference for engraving leather? I have been looking at this one as an option: It would be great to do multiple prints at the same time and have the print downloaded or on a thumb drive so I wouldn't have to be connected to the computer and could run this outside. https://www.amazon.com/Desktop-Engraver-Upgraded-41x40cm-Engraving/dp/B08R9Q7HHY/ref=pd_di_sccai_5?pd_rd_w=8ydSS&pf_rd_p=c9443270-b914-4430-a90b-72e3e7e784e0&pf_rd_r=C433XH5GD378WR3N5GE2&pd_rd_r=1764e376-a52a-4f45-8d23-84fc707d003a&pd_rd_wg=U1EpQ&pd_rd_i=B08R9Q7HHY&psc=1 Thanks! Bob
  9. Thanks for the tips. That was my 3rd print and subsequently discovered I have to crank the power down to 30% to prevent that. In fact, the client wants a very light print which is even faster and cleaner. The build area on this unit is only 3" x 3" and I have a small USB fan that does the job. I did play with the masking tape mask on wood to allow painting but that has given me the idea of using the laser JUST to cut the mask for stamped letters that I often paint, and this could cut the time to a fraction! Just have to get the depth correct and of course, only the outlines of the stamps. Thanks for that! The burn below is around 2"
  10. I just installed a flexible built plate and it's BRILLIANT! I print w/o supports whenever possible. Cheers! Bob
  11. A customer needed "Hand Made in Arizona printed small on the FLESH side of a large run of decorated coasters. Wet stamping didn't work, print through, a branding Iron was really expensive with long lead times and a rubber stamp would look crappy. So I bought a small laser engraver for $158, which arrived today, and I am as impressed as I was with the resin printer.. The Hand Made in AZ was maybe the 3rd print and a bit over exposed. But it's fine for the flesh side. The Celtic print is the same size as the stamp pictured above, on the grain side.
  12. These are the first few prints off the new laser. I still need to fine tune the power which is now at 25%. The Made in AZ took 4 minutes, and it's the size the customer wants. The Celtic rondel is around 3" in diameter and took around 30 minutes on the grain side. It was just a test but I'd knock off a few percent on the power setting. It was truly plug and play (Once you figure out how to convert the software from Chinese) and has absolutely solved the problem for +- $150. My workshop now smells like a dog crematorium, but the beauty of this engraver is that you can download the print to the unit, then disconnect from the PC and print anywhere there's an outlet. You could even place it in the middle of a hide. I intend to do my production work outside, and who knows, may keep the coyotes away (or attract them?!). I may even incorporate the laser for adding a "custom made for Fred Jones" which I have had requests for in the past. Average print times around 5 minutes for text. Bob
  13. Not following, but I just tested stamping the flesh side and it will bleed through on the 5-6 oz leather the customer wants to use. I think the only option is the laser. Bob
  14. The problem is that I am stamping the grain side and customer doesn't want anything else on the grain. I doubt that I can stamp the flesh side and not have a print through. I am stamping some samples now. I'll test it. Thanks! Bob
  15. Not enough margin to make it feasible, and it's a 1" x 2" text that just has to be legible, so not looking for the Mona Lisa. Just a quick and dirty imprint. All the hard work is on the grain side, custom stamp, etc. Used to worki in the wine industry in Santa Cruz and had many happy weekends in the Santa Rosa area checking out the competition. Engraver arriving tomorrow... Bob
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