Can You Etch It – CD Jewel Case

Welcome to Can You Etch It, the web’s first laser engraving series that specializes in laser engraving strange, unique, and even common items. Today I am engraving a CD jewel case.

Data storage and backup is of great importance in the digital age.  CDs and DVDs offer an inexpensive backup format that can be accessed at a moments notice on nearly any computer.  Optical drives have become inexpensive and common, making CDs and DVDs a great choice for home and small business backups.

The particular case that is being engraved is made from polystyrene, indicated as the #6 in the recycling symbol.  The result of the laser engraving is a raised design where the laser has melted the plastic.  Due to the nature of the polystyrene, there is little contrast between the engraved and the untouched areas.  This is unlike acrylic which results in a frosted appearance when laser engraved much like glass.

Why a laser engraved CD jewel case?

CD and DVD cases have undergone many changes in the last 10 years.  More often, you will see paper CD envelopes or other methods of storing discs.  Although they are becoming more uncommon, jewel cases are an attractive way to distribute various discs to customers and clients.

The design being engraved is the Book Worm Laser & Design logo with the URL, below and the words “2012 Catalog and Image Library” above.  The result turned out well, except for the unexpected lack of contrast.  Regardless, the case has an interesting look.

Here is a video of a CD jewel case being laser engraved.  It is approximately 2 minutes long and a picture of the final result is included at the end.

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Can You Etch It Roundup

For those of you who are keeping score, the list is as follows: a CD jewel case, a pair of drum sticksa luggage tag, a fishing reel, a couple of impact sockets, a drinking glassa little industrial labelinga baseballa Frappuccino bottle, a tennis ball, 12 Scrabble tiles, a custom ink stamp, Thank You cards, M&M’s, a slice of bread, a clothes pin, a cinnamon stick, a sweet potato, a walnut, and a toothpick. Let me know if you have any suggestions for future installments.

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Have a great weekend.

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