Re: Photoetching Intaglio with a desktop laser cutter
skinnerm- I did a considerable number of tests using lasers to cut printing blocks. You can find my results on the Briar Press website.
The long and short is that plastic is not the best material for lasers since it doesn't burn clean. It tends to melt, and/or produce a ragged line. It does work.... it's just not the best.
The best material I found was hardwood, especially cherry or maple. ( Poplar and cedar also works, but doesn't hold up as well in a press. ) The beauty of wood is that is a renewable resource, burns cleanly, and is available almost anywhere.
If you look up my Briar Press postings, there is a picture of 6pt type that I cut..... which printed perfectly for several thousand impressions.
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