At Gizmodo Gallery: Free DIY Laser Etching

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I've always been fascinated with the idea of laser etching all my tech gear, and it looks like I would finally be able to do it at the Gizmodo Gallery. Thanks to Make's Phil Torrone and his laser machine, anyone walking in the Gizmodo Gallery would be able to tattoo their metal gadgets with Phil's laser, absolutely free of charge. (He'll be there on the first day we're open, December 4th.) We will have some illustrations available for people to choose from but, if you follow these instructions closely, you would be able to bring your own drawings to use them with the laser.

• 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.

[Thanks to Phil Torrone for the laser, to REED ANNEX and thanks to our benefactor]


Gizmodo Gallery
Reed Annex
151 Orchard Street
New York, NY 10002

Gizmodo Gallery Reader Meetup
The reader meetup takes place across the street from the Gallery, at a place called The Annex (not to be confused with REED ANNEX where the gallery is hosted.) The address is 152 Orchard Street and we'll be there at 9 PM SHARP on Friday December 5th.

Gallery Dates:
December 4th-7th

12/4 Thursday

12/5 Friday

12/6 Saturday

12/7 Sunday

[Read more about our Gizmodo Gallery here and see what else we'll be playing with at the event.]


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Jinkies! I don't have any metal gadgets to etch at the moment. Don't wanna do it to the touch, and all's I got is a black macbook right now, pending MBP purchase. :'(