Another image using the crc moly lube on stainless…this is cleaned using steel wool!
@Ariel_Yahni_UniKpty …thanks…I was just playing around today…first time I turned it on in a week.
@Scott_Thorne have you tried aluminum plate with moly? I think this would make an awesome way to finish off custom gantry plates/brackets for CNC and 3d printers
I have to get myself some of that stuff to play with.
Does moly lube work as good as cermark? Are there any benefits of one over the other?
Moly lube is about 10$USD a can that’s a plus
Just got my CRC from Amazon today. Gotta try it after I wrap up a gift box for my son - he’s graduating college and I’m making him a business card box for his new company. First project using living hinges - wicked cool stuff, curves and stretches a bit too
Wow that is a really cool effect Scott. How permanent is the resulting image? Also, wouldn’t steel wool scratch the steel? I’d test something like laying painter’s masking tape, doing a cut of the outline of the object (or a full engrave), then weed the sections you want to apply the moly, then apply moly, engrave, then remove all the remaining painter’s tape. Should minimise cleanup, but might be more work overall.
@Alex_Krause I haven’t been able to get it to work well with AL. It looks good when it rasters but when I clean it most of it wipes off. I’ve tried several settings, focus, etc. With steel and stainless it’s good and easy to set up. I got a good raster on the second try with steel and used the same settings for SS. It’s not got the depth of color that the Cermark does but I’m not sure anyone would notice unless they were trying to compare.
@dstevens_lv what type of aluminum are you using to test? And was there any prep work before (sand blasting, alcohol, ect…) I know that some aluminum is sent from the factory with a lamanent or clear coat to help keep it corrosion resistant I guess we will find out in a week or so when my K40 arrives
@Alex_Krause Some 6061 T6 and 3003 H14. Both virgin pieces, nice and shiney, used acetone to clean prior to applying the CRC. Anodized and powder coated AL engraves well as does AL with Cermark applied. Using the dry moly on AL isn’t working for me.
@Alex_Krause …I’ve used aluminum also and I get the same result as stainless steel…it’s permanent and won’t come off with steel wool…although speeds have to be slow and powers high …50mm/s at 60%power
@Yuusuf_Sallahuddin_Y …the result is very permanent…I cleaned this with steel wool and it didn’t scratch at all…
Maybe something soft like aluminum would scratch.
@funinthefalls …Cermak is 100.00 a can…so yes it’s better than Cermak…lol
@Scott_Thorne Awesome, I will have to give it a test sometime. Would be a good way to mark tools for a mechanic/tradie to put their name/business details on it (so they don’t get stolen or if lost can be returned).
I just had a thought Scott. Does it give different effect (or darkness) when you use different power levels?
@Yuusuf_Sallahuddin_Y …if I go with lower power levels it won’t adhere to the material.