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04 August 2014

Laser Cutting a Lemon!

When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.

A quote that’s been a favourite of mine since 2011, I designed and made a laser cut picture of this for a project at university and since then was bitten by the laser cutting bug… you could say that this is where it all began!!

Laser engraving a lemon doesn’t come without its difficulties, for a start a lemon isn’t flat!

The laser is focused on the closest point to the laser to avoid the laser being too close/far away from the material and not achieving the best results… I could have used our rotary attachment to get a design wrapped around the lemon but for this instance I just wanted a simple piece of text.

I tested light etching and deep engraving, the effect only differed in depth rather than discolouration or burning so I opted for a deeper engrave to cast shadows in a photograph giving contrast to the text in the image.

I also tried an orange and an apple but the lemon was by far the best result don’t you think?

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