A more useful household item, which still allows for design freedom, is a keychain. These small plaques with surnames or simple designs are usually made of laminate, wood or thin metal. They can also have more thoughtful features, such as small puzzle inserts for keychains in the same style.
Another common household item that is easy to start selling laser cutting is coasters. A big plus is the small size, which means that even small engraving machines can be used. Coasters are also relatively inexpensive to manufacture as common materials are cork, plywood and wood.
Other kitchen utensils can also be laser cut. A common route is to use blank utensils such as scrapers and corkscrews (often made of wood) and personalize them with carving. Simpler ones like planks can be laser cut from scratch.
To transfer the pattern on the dough baker, use a stamp, rolling pin, or stencil. They help create special occasion cookies and pies with fun and pretty patterns. Note that not all knives are suitable for engraving round parts such as pins.
Not many people know the only existence of these little helpers, so this is not the most popular product. But this is another small but fun project to add to your laser cutting shop. The squeezer is used to get the last drop of toothpaste or hair dye and comes in handy.
Brackets and Mounts
In the modern world where people have all their devices and personal belongings, home organization can be tricky. Jewelry, phones and tablets, glasses and headphones - for these and many other items, it's relatively easy to come up with a creative 2D stand. The main goal is to ensure stability within the design bounds.
Games and Puzzles
Some of the more complex but more valuable projects are related to leisure projects. These are various games, puzzles, toys or accessories for existing products. For these items, it's a great help if you're already a fan of certain game genres and have ideas on how to customize them.
Jigsaw puzzles are a popular hobby for people of all ages. And now some laser-engraved puzzle projects are close to art, with pieces featuring unique designs. They're also a fun idea for gifts and keepsakes, which makes them a see-through item to create. Puzzles can be flat puzzles or so-called 3D puzzles - puzzles that use flat puzzles to assemble objects.
Another creative approach is the game of stacking pieces. These designs need to be designed in a way that players can balance each other out. Parts of the game can be laser cut from wood or plywood to avoid slippage.
Coming up with your own game or puzzle is a tricky task. For an easier start, you can explore ways to customize some existing puzzles or games. Flat pieces like chess or card games are great for laser cutting.
Educational toys for young children
Another simpler design job is creating a project for an educational game. Activity boards with simple shape matching, numbers or words are useful gifts for young children to practice skills and learn. It is important to note here that this set of items requires the safest materials and dimensions. Sanded wood from a reputable supplier is usually a good choice. Also, remember to avoid small pieces that small children may swallow.
Many laser-cutting hobbyists find themselves in the jewelry field - probably making boxes and dealing with pieces themselves. Lasers don't necessarily work with precious metals, but they work well for fashion items and accessories. A wide variety of natural (wood, leather, stone), plastic (acrylic) and non-precious metals (steel, aluminium) to suit different aesthetics.
Engraved Rings and Pendants
Laser cutters and engravers are limited in metal processing because reflective surfaces cannot be used safely. In the modern market, however, there are many mediums with beautiful finishes. The use of non-precious materials also makes this jewelry affordable.
Some designers also choose to buy blank pieces and just engrave them with their own designs or custom names.