Whether you’re trying to make waves at your next farmer’s market or just create some low-cost birthday presents, DIY crafts are a fun way to put your creativity out in the world. And now you can add a laser to your DIY kit.
The Aufero Portal Mini Laser Cutter is kind of like a reverse 3D printer. Instead of building something new, you can enter a pattern and have this laser cutter engrave, burn, or etch it into another surface. A DIY laser may sound sci-fi, but it’s easy to use, and you can get one for just $279.99 (reg. $399).
Use lasers to engrave, wood, metal, and even stone
Just wait until you see how much you can do with a can-do attitude and a fixed-focus laser that you can power with your Windows, Mac, or Linux computer. It may look a little different from your normal crafting process, but using the Aufero is easy.
Pull up any compatible engraving software like the free LaserGRBL or LightBur. Create your own design or open up one you’ve already downloaded. Then all that’s left is to attach your material, get your laser focused, and watch science happen. You might have to take a few passes depending on the material and darkness level of your pattern, but that’s all it takes. Turn wood slices into cute home decor, leather into patterns, or even pieces of stone into custom lawn ornaments. You can even etch patterns into food in case you want there to be no question about who brought the homemade bread at your next potluck.
It might take a little practice before you have all the Aufero’s capabilities down, but every chance to practice is a chance to create something new, fun, and uniquely yours.