[hackerspaces] Tips on making passport stamps?

Jerry Isdale isdale at gmail.com
Fri Sep 30 19:28:39 CEST 2011

The various laser manufacturers and laser product suppliers all tout laser cutting/etching as a great way to make rubber stamps.
I've been thinking about doing some of these myself.  A quick google turned up articles like:
   http://www.rubberstamps.net/creating-rubber-stamps-1.aspx "the best technology to use is a laser engraver"

The laserbits folks have a Sample Kit with parts to make 8 self inking stamps...
You could make one for the space and one for each member that contributed towards the kit.

Low tech approaches (cutting tools and wood blocks) can produce nice stamps too.
but you have a laser.... burn something!

Jerry Isdale

On Sep 29, 2011, at 11:37 PM, Martin Ling wrote:

> Hi,
> Now that Mitch's passports are everywhere and our space has just voted
> on a new logo, it's about time we made a stamp. But how to fabricate
> one? I googled around for what other spaces had done and all the ones I
> saw just did a design and sent it out to a commercial stamp manufacturer.
> That doesn't seem very hackerspacey to me.
> So, does anyone have tips to share on making your own? What materials
> work best, just rubber (what sort?) or something else? We have a CNC
> mill and a 40W CO2 laser cutter/engraver. Can you mill rubber without
> just making a mess, can you laser engrave it deep enough to create a
> usable stamp, if so what sort of settings did you need? Or is there a
> way more low-tech process for spaces without these tools to use, that
> still gets great results?
> Tips welcome, then I will run some experiments and post our results.
> Martin
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