Ok here's the deal: to get Giz Gallery '09 started properly on September 23rd, we're setting up a laser etching station for one day only, so you guys to customize anything you can shake a red optical beam at.
Phil Torrone was kind enough to lend us his laser machine for a second straight year, and we fully intend to make use of it. His open source setup includes a Epilog Laser machine that can cut/etch everything under the sun—cork, paper, ceramic, tortillas—as long as it's not PVC or vinyl. They also use along with a Windows PC running Corel Draw to allow for custom graphics
We'll have some templates available for you to use, but you can also bring your own stuff in—provided they meet the following guidelines:
• First, your illustration must be a vector file. Not a bitmap. If you are not sure what this means, don't bring it. The machine can only etch vector-based files.
• Save your vector illustration in Adobe Illustrator format (again, no bitmaps saved inside. Just vector art).
• Make sure your illustration is adjusted to your hardware physical features. If you are bringing a MacBook, you can use the templates here.
• Also, laser etching of pancake machines, giant cheetos or KCRW DJs are not allowed. Sorry guys.
We'll be charging for etching this year as a fundraiser for charity. Laptops will cost $25 to etch and handheld gadgets will cost $5 apiece.
Media Day by appointment only. For info please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
9-? - Live Musical Performance
Read more about our Giz Gallery 09 here, follow @gizgallery on Twitter and see what else we'll be playing with at the event. And special thanks to Toyota's Prius — without their sponsorship, there would be no Gizmodo Gallery.