Champaign-Urbana Community Fab Lab
Champaign-Urbana Community Fab Lab

Career Fair Name Tag

My project for this week was to make an engraved name tag. My Career Fair is rapidly approaching, so I decided to make a variant of the name tags that are used in that setting to give me a creative edge in the battle for employment post-graduation. 

I began by finding the relevant documentation for the name tag inserts:

 

After easing into the use of Inkscape, I got to work on making my design. I wanted to maintain the name/major/date format in the original design, but try to make the text a bit bigger. This resulted in version 1 of the design:

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Version 1 of the nameplate, using basic text and a curved edge.

 

The post-production result for version 1.

 

The result for the first iteration had a few issues that came as a result of first-time experience in the Lab. The laser takes some time to warm up, so the top of my engraved name (notably the I and H) was cut a bit short. In addition, the laser cut had not fully burned through the top end of the 1/8 inch plywood, resulting in an unrefined edge along the top. 

 

Version 2 brought new changes, the most prominent being a decorative border around the outer edge of the nameplate. In addition to the border, I learned how to align objects horizontally and vertically, allowing for a more clean layout on the design.

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Version 2 of the design, featuring a border and aligned elements.

 

Version 2 of the resulting product, with a missing section of wood on the bottom left edge.

 

I didn’t realize until the near-end of the engraving process that my choice of wood did not give me enough room to carve out the entire piece. As a result, a small section on the bottom edge was missing from the final product. I’ll look to keep a closer eye on that in the future. 

 

Onto Version 3! This one was focused on refining the design I already felt comfortable with. Changes include:

  • Adjusting the curve on the edges of the inner border to feel more aligned with the outer border
  • Enlarging the name and date texts to make more efficient use of the whitespace remaining withing the tag. 

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Design for version 3, with adjusted text and borders.

 

Printed result for version 3, with no major issues or concerns remaining.

 

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