Intricacy
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Intricacy

Sometimes, you may hear us say the Etcher Laser and FABOOL Laser Mini are good for “intricate” and “delicate” designs. But what does that really mean? And are there other crafting machines that could do the same?

About the Designs

The image we often use to describe a “delicate” piece is the photo of our panda cut-out. With lines so thin, the paper could easily break. As for intricacy, take a look at how many lines are really in this piece and the similar butterfly. Plus, look at the details in the darker parts of the panda! Intricate designs would typically be either very hard to do by hand and/or extremely time consuming. How much time do you have to sit using an x-acto knife, really?

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To illustrate the power of our lasers today, we’re going to be using designs called mandalas. The term “mandala” has different uses and meanings, but you’ve probably seen it recently used to describe complex symmetrical drawings used in decor, or in those calming coloring books. Even though these designs have lots of lines and spaces, the Etcher Laser and FABOOL Laser Mini can still cut them easily!

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Other Machines

Now, we know that there are other craft cutting machines out there. We’re not knocking them! Every machine has its strengths and weaknesses. We tried one of these machines ourselves, using a mandala design and some felt. Unfortunately, the machine did not perform well. Because there were so many cuts to make, the blade had to touch and cut the felt many times. It ended up basically shredding the felt instead.

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This is where the Etcher Laser and FABOOL Laser Mini shine. Because there’s no blade, and the laser head doesn’t touch the material, the material doesn’t get torn. The thin laser beam is then great at cutting out precise pieces.

Here’s how the Etcher Laser performed:

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Parameters:
3.5W machine
Speed: 500
Power: 100

You may notice that there’s a little bit of burning on some of the smaller inside pieces, and it didn’t pop-out smoothly (this felt is very fibrous). But the design is kept much more intact than with the cutting machine; with some parameter adjustments (or a larger size; we used a similar size on the cutting machine and wanted a fair comparison), this piece would be fine. The EL was also MUCH quicker than the cutting machine: the other machine took ~20 minutes, while the Etcher Laser only took about 10.

So now that you know your machine is capable these designs, let’s show a few more examples:

Ideas

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Felt doily/coaster

Parameters:
3.5W laser
Inside: 500 speed, 90% power, 1 time
Outline: 500 speed, 90% power, 2 times

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Snowflakes (Cardstock)

Parameters:
3.5W laser
Speed: 500
Power: 100%

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Engraved Notebook (like this one)

Parameters:
3.5W laser
Speed: 1400
Power: 100%

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As you can see, the Etcher Laser and FABOOL Laser Mini are capable of some very intricate designs. We hope this helps you with your creations!