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Anyone know how to mark logos on metal?

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    Let's say that you want to make a mod for commercial sales. How would you mark your logos on metal? I know about the laser machines that do it, but the ones that work on metal are several thousand dollars (Like $4k and up). I've seen the etch-o-matic Now Mark Metal Tools, Parts, Equipment In Seconds With Etch-O-Matic. but wanted to know if anyone had better ideas. Think CHEAP, but actually works. Thanks in advance.
     
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    Unless you plan to make a a hundreds of them, I would suggest to have them engraved by those small gifts/souvenirs shops in MBK or such, where they usually engrave dogtag or Zippo.

    I am not sure if they can do on a round surface though.
     
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    ^^Yeah, was actually thinking hundreds.
     
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    This Etch-O-Matic seems like a good option despite the horrible webpage design. Would you have a chance to see one kit by yourself ? How much are these going for ?
     
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    The starter kits start out at $79, which is great. But the downside is that it is $79 which seems king of low for commercial grade stuff.
     
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    It does not have to be a state of the art machine. You can engrave metal with a Dremel, you just need a steady hand ^^

    There is a lot of different kits and none seem to have a software interface, so I don't really understand how the machine can reproduce your logo/drawing accurately.
     
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    Etch-O-Matic will probably work as long as the design isn't too detailed. And, $79 isn't a bad starting price but you'll probably spend more over time for supplies, etc. You might want to look for a place in the SoCal area that offers laser etching on a piece basis (maybe a machine shop or a metal working shop). Might be more cost effective if you're going to be doing 100's...
     
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    It uses an electrostatic charge to etch the metal from what I can tell...
     
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    That is the engraving method, correct ? But how does the machine knows what to engrave/reads your file ?
     
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    Yep...believe so.

    You have to cut a stencil using their stencil paper...
     
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    Can't get much cheaper than this...

     
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    There's a bunch of Laser engravers in SoCal area and they're not super expensive if you're looking to do a few hundred. It'll get cheaper as your quantity goes up though. You can even yelp it (i've been looking for a engraver who can work on ceramic, so far no luck). I've also just now realized this post is old as hell
     
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    Nikosan, don't worry how old it is, the help is nonetheless appreciated. I started looking at Socal laser engravers too. It's high if you're only doing a few, mass production is definitely cheaper to do.
     
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