1. indylux's Avatar
    When I first saw the new wood back covers from Mozo for the Lumia 950XL, I immediately thought it would be great to laser etch a pattern into the wood. I modified a vector graphic of mine to fit around the features on the case. Mozo liked the idea and sent me a case to try out the etching process.

    Here is the end result, what do you think?

    wp_20160719_23_45_32_rich.jpg

    I can share a video of it being cut and the vector file if people are interested in doing this themselves.
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    07-20-2016 03:28 AM
  2. Pete's Avatar
    Looks awesome.

    And really good of Mozo to collaborate like this.
    07-20-2016 04:39 AM
  3. Chintan Gohel's Avatar
    Share the video and how you did the etching - my brother would be interested in this
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    07-20-2016 04:44 AM
  4. Aurelink's Avatar
    Oooooh my. The original case is already amazing, but this....
    If Mozo can't produce things like that, I wish Microsoft could at least sell a few of the stickers they all have on their 950
    07-20-2016 06:01 AM
  5. Chintan Gohel's Avatar
    what if you could etch any design
    JRDEMASKUS and Kevin Rush like this.
    07-20-2016 06:39 AM
  6. Aurelink's Avatar
    Well that would be awesome. Or at the very least, for a start, having the choice between... Idk.. Let's say 5-10 patterns, that would still be cool
    07-20-2016 08:12 AM
  7. indylux's Avatar
    07-20-2016 10:39 AM
  8. anthonyng's Avatar
    Here is the end result, what do you think?
    Awesome, thanks for sharing, nice that we have enough market where we have guys like you that can do cool stuff like this! :)
    07-20-2016 05:43 PM
  9. indylux's Avatar
    Share the video and how you did the etching - my brother would be interested in this
    I can share the vector too if your brother wants it.
    07-20-2016 05:50 PM
  10. Werentuckl's Avatar
    The etching is done with a laser cutter set to etch instead of cut Chintan. Whilst some laser cutters take illustrator files (vectors) as well, others only take CAD files - often crappy chinese ones - so you should check with whoever does laser cutting in your area to ask about it. Usually they will etch it out for you, but a better idea for it would be to test etch it on a piece of balsa wood first, as it is very soft, and thus easier to test with, to get an idea of how the final piece will etch and look. You can get it from any arts and craft, or model making/art supplies, large stationary store. :)

    And for other folks willing to happily brave it, if you know a little CAD or Illustrator, you can do custom case etchings in house just like IndyLux - that was a brilliant idea btw bruh - or you can lift the gazillion designs off of the internet for vectors or CAD patterns. A good place to start for this, especially for patterns like Indy's, would be to look into fractal or Islamic geometries, fascinating world that - and its all natural mathematical proportions and self proportioning systems... but now I'm just getting carried away. So I'll shut up for now.

    But, dang, was that a brilliant or was it a brilliant idea Indy. Hats off to you brother, for cooking that possible design scenario up. :)

    -- W
    Last edited by Werentuckl; 07-21-2016 at 04:11 AM.
    07-21-2016 02:50 AM
  11. indylux's Avatar
    What a thoughtful and kind comment. Thanks so much for this Werentuckl! Would love to show you my other geometric works.
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    07-21-2016 03:15 AM
  12. Werentuckl's Avatar
    Thank you Christopher, I'm assuming thats you Indy. And yes please do as I am very interested, this being a big part of the discipline I'm from, and if you are just a hobbyist, and you're putting this out, then its very impressive. Orrrr.... if this is also what you do, then well, I think I'm dying to have this conversation properly then! :) Geometries, fractals, proportioning systems, Islamic patterns, design, have at it! :D

    -- W
    07-21-2016 04:17 AM
  13. Chintan Gohel's Avatar
    Well, I don't think laser cutting is available here but my brother does have a hand held router machine - it's a device used for carving wood, making grooves etc.
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    07-21-2016 06:38 AM
  14. Werentuckl's Avatar
    I know about those Chintain, but using a handheld router machine is most definitely a bad idea for fine work of this precision. But on a thicker sheet of wood or ply, you can do larger patterns on the wood after tracing them. :)

    And do please look around, you'll be surprised to find such people hiding somewhere secretly on the market, doing commercial laser cutting. They're always here or there, doing specialty work. Darn em!

    -- W
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    07-21-2016 12:06 PM
  15. Jakoh's Avatar
    Reminisces about the days when he had a laser at work for testing purposes.
    07-21-2016 07:20 PM
  16. indylux's Avatar
    Werentukl: Sent you a PM if you would like to Skype sometime
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    07-21-2016 09:00 PM
  17. Werentuckl's Avatar
    I just saw Chris, Let me add you up brother. :)

    Danke!

    -- W
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    07-21-2016 10:19 PM
  18. Chintan Gohel's Avatar
    I know about those Chintain, but using a handheld router machine is most definitely a bad idea for fine work of this precision. But on a thicker sheet of wood or ply, you can do larger patterns on the wood after tracing them. :)

    And do please look around, you'll be surprised to find such people hiding somewhere secretly on the market, doing commercial laser cutting. They're always here or there, doing specialty work. Darn em!

    -- W
    I'll have a chat with my brother on that
    07-22-2016 06:13 AM
  19. Will Gilliland's Avatar
    My wife has a FastSigns in Dallas and does similar projects like this. You DO NOT want to do this with a router. She has one of those too.
    With some trial and error, you can even get "shades" on wood. Meaning in the above example it was set to a fairly deep burn at one level. You can also burn pictures into wood with shading. I burned photos of my grandfather into aluminum grips of a 1911 pistol with the laser.

    Before anyone asks if I can do a project for them, you won't want to pay the price. The man hours for custom work would put the price around $150, not including the Mozo case. The process is also tricky since different woods have different densities, so you may go through a few Mozo cases getting one correct.
    07-22-2016 08:02 AM
  20. Werentuckl's Avatar
    What Will said is correct, but you have to realise Will, those are industrial or commercial grade CNC and laser cutters you are talking about friend, with a much wider material palette. Most hobbyist shops dont stock that grade of equipment, or finesse, which is how pulling a mozo like this off is possible for a lot of people. Any laser that can etch into aluminum is not a laser you want to handle yourself on a hobbyist whim without full knowledge of the machine or the processes involved - which is where the exhorbitant man hour charges come in. :P

    But do show us her workshop and some of the work she does, yes? That would be super cool! :D

    -- W
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    07-22-2016 12:09 PM
  21. JRDEMASKUS's Avatar
    I would be willing to let a good free hand artist carve me a pattern. Router, Dremel, wood burner, or some other engraver type tool.
    But only on an external case. I don't think I would customize the actual phone with something permanent.
    I think the hardest part would be in choosing a design.
    There has got to be a business opportunity here for someone.
    07-22-2016 12:16 PM
  22. sph0308's Avatar
    Hey Indy...congrats on winning the Mozo photo contest...love the cover... I have three mozo covers...black walnut, natural leather and blue plastic...I love the feel of the plastic cover.
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    07-22-2016 03:50 PM
  23. indylux's Avatar
    Hey Indy...congrats on winning the Mozo photo contest...love the cover... I have three mozo covers...black walnut, natural leather and blue plastic...I love the feel of the plastic cover.
    Thanks man! I suspect it was a contest of one (didn't see other entries) but I'll take it.

    I wonder what I won... New Tesla? All Expense Trip to Finland? All The Cases I Can Engrave?...
    07-22-2016 05:02 PM
  24. Werentuckl's Avatar
    JrDemaskus, you dont want to take any of those tools to your cases brother. That would be a wrecked case, unfortunately. :(

    But you can totally do that on thicker sheet, like ply, or MDF/HDF, or veneer sheets for other places in your life. :)

    On that note, you can actually open a formal channel of communication with them Chris, and shop your designs to them for transfer over to their retail channel. Now imagine the feeling of that! Making/Bringing something to the entire community at that too! :D

    -- W
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    07-23-2016 01:25 AM

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