NYC partnership starts up 'open source' laser etching service

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Laser etching is becoming quite a popular thing for personalising your gadgets. The ubiquitous iPod can be laser engraved with a personalised name before it’s delivered to you.

Now a couple of people (Phil Torrone at Make magazine and Limor Fried) in New York City plan to start up their own ‘open source’ laser-etching business for gadgets and laptops. According to Lifehacker:

Adafruit laser etching is based in NYC, and rather than sending in your laptop, you get to make an appointment, show up with your laptop and your art, and press the “Go” button yourself on the etcher. Phil Torrone says:

“The biz is “open source” – in other words, we’re giving away how to do all this so someone else can start a biz and run one. We don’t want to do this for a living, but do want to see a laser cutter in more places and teach folks how to use the equipment.”

The laser machine and other equipment cost $15,000 and the service costs $100 for a engraving a laptop and $30 for smaller gadgets.

Admittedly it’s a rather expensive round trip to NYC, though I guess if you were popping over for some Christmas shopping…

(Via Lifehacker)

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Andy Merrett