Making a Block Print with a Laser Cutter

Making a Block Print with a Laser Cutter


hey welcome back to diode press I’m
Graham this week I decided to take a break from carving and embrace a little
bit of Technology this isn’t something I plan on doing for a lot of woodcuts but
it definitely has its applications and honestly it was just a lot of fun to
mess around with after working on my design in Illustrator I flipped it and
inverted the colors and then send it to the laser control software this lets you
pick the strength of the beam and how you want it to cut for most of the block
I did a raster cut which sweeps back and forth very fast and removes the material
bit by bit then I did a vector cut which cuts all the way through the perimeters
my first test was on thin plywood unfortunately when you laser cut thin
plywood like this it can really bow up so rather than adding a backing board to
this i just reran the laser on a thicker piece of Baltic birch plywood
I ran the laser twice to cut the background deep enough so that no ink
gets picked up but this woods a little bit too thick the laser to go all the
way through so I ring it through the bandsaw to finish the cuts here you can
see how the two blocks fit together allowing me to ink them up separate and
then put them together I’m using speedball Pro black reliefing for the
smaller block and then speedball neon pink water basting the larger piece after inking it up there was a little
bit too much background being picked up in the ink so I carved it down just a
little bit by having the two blocks I can ink
them separately and then assembling together when I go to print on some of
the older videos I was using a cutting mat to get even pressure across the
block when I printed them but I found this really thick rubber mat from
mcmaster-carr which works amazing I’ll have a link in the description box to
the one I have last step is going to be the sign and
number the back and then it’s good to go if you want to pick up one of these
prints they’re up in the shop and there’s a link in the description box
below and I’ll see you in the next video thanks for watching to keep up with the
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7 thoughts on “Making a Block Print with a Laser Cutter

  • February 18, 2018 at 5:57 am
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    Cool! Nice video editing too!

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  • February 18, 2018 at 7:15 am
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    Why would people click the dislike button? Great video!

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  • February 18, 2018 at 9:26 am
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    nice! you dont even have to use the engraving, its, like you said, not cutting very deep and it takes a long time. If you have digital designs and just use the normal vector cutting feature for the outlines, you can start hogging out in the infill right away with the wood tools and get clean lines without using the knife or chisel along all the lines first 🙂 but, as you said, just from time to time, manual labor is what printing is all about 🙂

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  • February 18, 2018 at 12:04 pm
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    Awesome! Thanks for sharing this. I have a Glowforge to set up this week and this is one of the projects I wanted to try…now I know where to begin. Your videos are great!

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  • February 18, 2018 at 4:17 pm
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    what printing press do you use?

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  • December 19, 2018 at 7:46 pm
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    Hallo how deep should you cut out so that the back doesn't take ink and print on the paper? Kind regards .

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  • June 5, 2019 at 11:58 pm
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    You cannot engrave more deep with the laser instead carve it?

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