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

Laser Name Tag

Design Process

My initial design we did two weeks ago was a little too simple and small – it was mostly a result of me learning to play with Inkscape. While I was trying to come up with an idea for my final name tag, I was playing with the 3D shape maker and ended up making this random shape:

Once it was on the screen, I thought it would be really cool to print with the two sided acrylic. Since the 3D shape was gradient, I thought it would be interesting to see that in effect on acrylic. The 3D tool on Inkscape was a little difficult to perfect, so I ended up having my red vector line on the inside of my design so it would cut out the parts I wasn’t happy with. Overall, I wanted my nametag to be fairly simple so I could use anywhere – at work, at lab, or in the future.

Once it was in the printer, I was really excited that it had worked. The texture on it is very interesting, and there is a slight gradient to the acrylic. Then all I had to do was attach a magnet on the back of it. I really like my nametag, its design, and sturdiness. It’s simplicity will allow me to use it in the future.

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