My first attempt at a pseudo production. Setting up eight coasters at a time.
Laid down a sheet of steel, taped some cardboard to it and then used the 4" squares for the tiles to cut out locating holes for the tiles. The weight of the steel sheet kept the template in place nicely.
This allows doing multiple passes on each tile as needed, some had a lot of variance, so doing a dither a few times and then a sketch mode resulted in some really nice looking etches. Flipping the coasters over to etch the branding on the bottom was a breeze, I also have a google sheet I started to keep track of all the things I serialize.
Doing this in absolute mode is best, though it will work in “Current position” so long as you never manually jog the laser head.
First set with the owls was a learning experience in art selection. Some were pretty tricky to get good solid etches, others were perfect with the first go. Lesson learned, spend the time in prep with the art and you will start to understand when too much detail is a bad thing.
Also, oiling after the etch really toned down the contrast. they still look great at certain angles, but the second set of bear art was oiled first then etched and it makes a notable difference.
The bear set was almost entirely done with a single dither pass. The bottom right little guy needed a sketch pass to bring the edge details out.
I was also able to test out the dynamic text features and it worked great. These friends now have items #1-16 serial numbers.
The whole process of doing this from image editing to etching was super enjoyable.