Laser cutting a ”ME” stamp
Ever since I built my little laser cutter I have been trying to find different uses for it. Today I decided to see if I could laser cut a stamp out of EVA foam.
Step 1, Prepare the image for laser cutting.
I decided to let my narcissistic side run loose and choose a picture of me to make a stamp out of. If you want more details about how to make a stencil from a photo check out this tutorial.
More contrast to highlight the dark outlines.
Duplicate layer and add a threshold. Image > Adjustments > Threshold.
Repeat the last step but with another threshold value to get the non existent hair on my head to show.
Overlay the two images.
Add support frame to keep the individual parts in place until they are guled.
Some manual touch up and added blur to make the edges sharper.
Import the image into Incscape and use trace bitmap to convert it in to a vector graphic. I also extruded it a little to make the lines thicker to compensate for the lasers thickness.
Final stencil overlaid over the original picture.
Generate the g-code from incscape using the laser plugin and cut the eva foam.
3. Glue the EVA foam stamp to a piece of wood and use a saw to make it a little bit more easy to use. Once the glue is dry the eva foam frame can be removed.
4. Stamp away! I used acrylic paint and a sponge to get the paint onto the stamp.
Use a sponge to transfer an evenly distributed amount of paint onto the stamp.
The small stamp.
The large stamp.
Stamping until the color runs out.