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    Trophy plate prices

    I use a table saw because I'm too cheap for a varga saw still got all of my fingers, so far

    Paxton Bullet Fob Copier

    at that price, it ought to be ;p

    Paxton Bullet Fob Copier

    Arrived this morning. Not sure when I'll get to test it as we don't get asked for these fobs every day (the light doesn't flash when one of the supplied blanks are inserted, that's probably normal behaviour). First impression of the device; I don't like when a 'warranty void if removed' sticker is placed over the screwholes on a 3D printed case. Bit odd to use a USB-A socket on it rather than micro or USB-C, not a dealbreaker but not very durable either. It came with some written instructions which start with 'VIDEO (click to view)' I tried tapping the paper, but it didn't help much. If I didn't know about the video posted earlier in this thread I'd be at a loss, so a written URL would have been smart.

    Paxton Bullet Fob Copier

    We ordered a copier.

    Pet Tag Laser Engraver

    I'd recommend joining some laser engraver groups on Facebook, many users there are hobbyists/have experience with cheap chinese machines https://www.facebook.com/groups/LaserEngravingAndCutting/ The one you linked looks like garbage (diode lasers are useless), but look on ebay for 'K40 laser' - a 40w CO2 laser which is the hobbyist/entry level standard. They look like a bit of hassle to set up and maintain, and not the highest quality result (as with a Trotec/Gravograph laser etc), but for the price it seems like a phenomenally capable piece of kit. Not user friendly, no manufacturer support (hence the user FB groups), but will mark anodised aluminium pet tags. Don't set your house on fire.

    Engravable printed signs

    Looks a bit tacky tbh

    Brass memorial engraving

    Right, so use the squeegee, and no cloth until it's cured a bit more - will do. cheers and yeah, Peek is good stuff

    Brass memorial engraving

    I did mix some thinners in last time, I'll play with the ratio I guess My process is to paint it on with a brush, wait until its tacky then rub the excess away with a cloth (on a flat disk) with thinners

    Brass memorial engraving

    On a related thought, I bought cellulose paint for brass plaques on advice from this forum I've found that the surface finish on the painted lettering looks kind of ... pitted? Not the smooth shine I'd hope for. https://i.imgur.com/w3MCRmE.jpg Any tips on what I'm doing wrong?

    Engravable printed signs

    Better grab another flight out there You know, for research

    Engravable printed signs

    tell me you took a holiday photo of the signs in question?

    Pet Tag Engraving Machine

    I was being a bit facetious to be honest. If you aim for professionalism and not to undercut people using a machine from your garage, I wish you all the luck. Yes, by 3D it means a rotary motor on the machine for spinning cylindrical objects - pens, cups, etc. Larger rotary machines can do big tankards etc. With the right attatchment you can do rings. A flatbed machine will be able to do flat objects of any shape - the software will allow you to arrange the text however you like. flatbed machines will also be able to engrave items with a slight curve to the surface [like a hip flask] with a bit of finesse. The RX5 sounds like it's capable of more than you need, but if the price is right go for it.

    Pet Tag Engraving Machine

    https://www.u-marq.com/engraving-machines.html/gem-tx5-engraving-machine-em-00205 these machines, along with equivalents from Gravograph and Roland, are industry standard engravers. but don't buy a professional machine for a hobby business, and don't buy manual (pantograph) machine in 2019. Buying used is probably your best bet. If you wanna be real cool, check out the Uri Tuchman on YouTube and JBowerEngraving on Instagram and learn to do it by hand - you'll not make any money, and each piece will take forever, but at least your products will stand out - until the dog runs through a grassy field and loses the tag. Best of luck

    Hanging shop signs

    to be fair, we did have a stray junkie trip over our A-board sign a few weeks back put a decent dent in it, the clumsy oaf

    Every flea bites

    Got one in B&Q to one side of me, The Range in the other direction - wonder if they're being rolled out in all Screwfix locations? I suppose from a consumers perspective, these boxes tend to have much longer working hours than you or I - but that's the only benefit. Luckily most customers know why it's better to come to a (human) specialist, and there's plenty complaints about these machines online. I posted a wee grandstanding rant on my instagram about it (the £3.50 on my chalkboard refers to some padlock keys which we have priced lower )