Can You Etch It – Tennis Ball

Can You Etch It - tennis ballWelcome 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 wanted to do a project that offered a unique solution to a problem, so I will be engraving a tennis ball.

Tennis balls are not the best surface to laser engrave.  They are covered in felt, are spherical with a small diameter, and smell strange when they are new.  Nevertheless, the show must go on and we are here to make a custom tennis ball trophy.

A custom laser engraved tennis ball can be used in a variety of instances, from inexpensive, useful trophies for students to interesting rewards for employees.  A tennis ball can be used as a dog toy, a corporate desk item, and a grip strengthener.  If you have a CB radio, it can also be used to keep the antenna from hitting your vehicle.  I have even seen tennis balls used to cover the balls on trailer hitches to reduce rust.

Why a tennis ball?

So often in life, we see things as only having one use.  I like to experiment with reusing items for other purposes, such as a tennis ball as a trophy.  Not only does it help me think in more creative ways, it has the potential to be a solution for a variety of issues for everyone.  By creating designs for objects and surfaces that are not specifically intended to be laser engraved, I increase my skill as a designer and laser engraver operator.  But most of all, it’s fun.

Here is a video of the tennis ball engraved by the laser.

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Can You Etch It Roundup

For those of you who are keeping score, the list is as follows: 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. Have a great weekend.

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1 comments
arco2000
arco2000

Hello -- I see this was from 2012.  Has the technology improved much for the specific purpose of laser etching on a tennis ball?