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Customer Spotlight – SBC Laser

Customer Spotlight – SBC Laser


How do you say “Thank You” to an outstanding client or customer? Nick Caito of SBC Laser demonstrates his take on adding a personalized touch to a unique gift. In this Platinum Partner build, Caito mixes steel, acrylic, and brass with a combination of laser cutting and engraving with his Kern 400W HSE laser system.

SBC Laser


• 18 ga mild steel
• 1/4″ acrylic (clear and black)
• .020″ brushed brass (used here is from Rowmark)
• Brass acorn nuts, washers, and bolts
• Blackening chemical


18 ga Mild Steel
Speed: 2″/sec
Power: 90%
Frequency: 600Hz
Assist Gas: Oxygen (100psi)

Acrylic Etching
Speed: 80″/sec
Power: 25%
DPI: 300
Assist Gas: Compressed Air (20psi)

Acrylic Cutting
Speed: .5″/sec
Power: 30%
Assist Gas: Compressed Air (5psi)

HSE metal cutter

Step 1: Set Parameters and Cut Mild Steel

When cutting metal, laser focus is an important aspect. As the mild steel is cut, it heats up and tends to move around. If using a Kern (like we did for this project), the automatic height follower maintains a consistent focus point over the entire sheet.

bent metal

Step 2: Form Metal

This custom cage and base are bent using a folding table. No welding was required.

cutting acrylic

Step 3: Cut and Engrave Metal

Lasers are popular tools when processing acrylic.

Step 4: Blacken Steel

A chemical process used applied to the steel, giving it a blackened look.

finished goods

Step 5: Assemble

The only fasteners used on this project are decorative brass acorn cap nuts.

Thank you SBC Laser for sharing your build with us, and allowing us into your shop. This project can also be seen on Instructables.