If you've never used a recommended material in your laser before, I recommend running a test grid first. This will help dial in the settings and get a better end result!
Whether you're looking to start a small business or simply want to add a personal touch to your gifts or home, these projects will spark your creativity! Let's get started!
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Diode Laser Project Ideas
Diode lasers like the xTool M1 can cut and engrave most materials, except for a few colors of acrylic. If you're on a budget and want to see if laser crafting is right for you, this machine might be just what you're looking for!
Here are some great laser engraver ideas to get you started!
Use the xTool M1 to make these simple DIY Dungeons and Dragons miniatures for your next campaign! My son and his friends love these! Plastic ones cost about $5 each, but you can make them using a laser cutter for pennies.
You may think you could never make this elaborate design, but a laser-cutting machine does everything for you. All you have to do is assemble it! Keep all your dice in one place, ready for the next family game night. It even makes a great gift!
Growing up with a name like Vineta, I never found any of those personalized magnets or pencils for sale anywhere. If your child has a unique name, you can make your own custom pencils with a laser engraving machine!
You can cut faux leather either with the blade on the M1 or the laser itself (if it's rated as laser-safe). These earrings were cut with the blade feature, and they came out perfect!
CO2 Laser Project Ideas
A CO2 laser like the xTool P2 is a huge step up in speed, power, size (and price)! But there's so much more you can make with a machine like this, especially when you add attachments like the rotary or conveyor system.
One of the biggest advantages of a CO2 laser is the ability to cut clear, white and blue acrylic. As you can see from the projects below, it opens up a world of possibilities that you can't get with a diode laser.
Add festive sparkle to your yard with these DIY outdoor snowflake decorations made with iridescent acrylic that will make your trees shine! I've had mine hanging outside for over a month through rain, sleet and snow and they still look amazing!
Laser cut Christmas ornaments are a great gift or product you can make with your laser. I made three versions from different materials: iridescent acrylic, glitter filled with a clear acrylic front, and a layered wood design with a spinning counter!
Jewelry is another great idea you can make using your laser cutting machine, especially if you have a lot of acrylic scraps! I have lots of little pieces left over from my snowflake designs that would make great earrings.