So, I recently learned how to use the laser cutter. I wanted to see the limits of its capabilities, and so I focused on how well I could engrave a photo using the laser cutter.
My wife is into board games, and we had just learned one called Coup. So I set out to make my own version, since this would let me see how well the laser could engrave.
I decided on a cat-themed version. I used GIMP and Inkscape to re-purpose an old Italian coin design of a winged lion. I even made up Latin phrases that mean “Sleep and catnip conquer the world” and “Sleep, eat, murder”. I used Google translate, so I’m not all that certain these are grammatically correct.
For my second iteration, I switched to an American Civil war theme, using portraits from that time period. I used Inkscape to convert these into black and white vector images. This time, the high contrast turned out really well, even on red-tinted wood.In all, I made about 4 major revisions to my master files to make sure the pieces cut in one go. I ended up making several copies of my version and sending it out for Christmas gifts.