Desktop Laser Engraver Ideas: Keychain Gift DIY

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Upgrading your Gift Giving

If you are anything like me, the prospect of gift buying is always daunting. To some, this task is second nature. They can effortlessly find the perfect gift that matches their significant other’s personality and demonstrates their thoughtfulness. Most of us, like myself, do not have this skill. When trying to buy a gift for a friend, significant other, or family member, there are three important aspects to consider. 

The first is the originality. Gift cards, flowers, and chocolates are extremely played out. To show somebody that you care, your idea must be unique. You don't want to give someone a birthday present that seems like it was picked up at the last minute from a convenience store. 

The second thing to consider is sentimental significance. You want to convey a message that you care about this person and that your relationship is meaningful.

The last thing to consider is the price. Spend too little it might look like you don't care. Spend too much and you might be conveying the wrong message. With these three aspects narrowing it down, a one-of-a-kind, homemade keepsake becomes one of your top choices.

As ideal as a homemade gift might seem, it lends itself to the more creative types. Although I am technically skilled, creating anything artistic by hand is quite intimidating. As a hobbyist and tinkerer, I like to use tools and other forms of technology to create something practical. I find simply creating for the sake of creating is quite boring. In my mind, the ideal gift to give would be a keychain with a customized name or message. A custom keychain is an easy project to undertake with the assistance of a desktop laser engraver.

Desktop Laser Engraving:

Laser engravers function just as the name suggests - they utilize focused laser beams to engrave/cut materials in 2D. Although laser cutters have typically been out of the price range of hobbyists and small businesses in the past, the costs and sizes have gone down significantly over the last few years. As a result, laser engravers have become more available to the general public. One of the more recent models to become popular for small-scale projects has been the K40. These desktop laser engravers have several variations but share certain commonalities. For example, they usually deliver between 30-40 watts of power, are under $1000, and have a compact size. Interestingly, these machines are frequently used in several Asian countries to create name stamps. Chinese and Japanese characters can be quite complex and time-consuming to write so many opt for using a stamp to sign documents. A K40 is a great option to create these since every stamp is unique and needs to be customized.

OMTech provides several variations of the K40 desktop laser engraver. A desktop laser engraver can be used to etch a name or meaningful message into a wood or leather keychain at a relatively low cost. Laser engraving is becoming a very popular activity for hobbyists and an invaluable tool for small businesses. Like with any new piece of equipment, initial cost, ease of use, and sizes are all important considerations. A desktop laser engraver from OMTech is the perfect solution for individuals looking to start a new hobby, or for those who own a small business specializing in keychains, accessories, and other small arts and crafts projects. For a more in-depth explanation of how these devices work, please check out my previous article.

An Overview of Keychain Types and Styles:

There are several common uses of keychains such as advertising, gifts, wedding favors, and souvenirs. This broad application of use lends itself to customizability and creativity. Several materials can be used to create keychains but my personal favorites are wood and leather because they are easy to work with. These materials can then be cut to specific sizes and decorated with a name or message. The more artistic types might try to etch a name or message onto a keychain freehand. Another option is to use metal stamps. However, these methods of decorating require artistic skills and are time-consuming. This makes a desktop laser engraver the ideal candidate for creating unique keychains gifts. These devices can etch names and messages in various fonts and sizes while doing so rapidly and with minimal skills required. A more detailed list of benefits is below.

Desktop CO2 Laser Engraver Benefits:

  • Ideal for non-metallic materials such as wood, leather, glass, and acrylic.
  • Ideal for hobbyists and small businesses undertaking small-scale projects (such as custom keychain gifts).
  • Low initial cost. All OMTech desktop models are under $500!
  • Compact size comparable to that of a desktop computer.

Brand Placement and Connection:

Hobbyists and small business owners who purchase an OMTech desktop model will have a versatile addition to their equipment. This is because our laser engravers have several benefits for small-scale projects such as the following:

  • Low startup costs.
  • Quick turnaround time.
  • Precision.
  • Customizability.
  • User-friendly interface.
  • Excellent support staff.

The uses of a desktop laser engraver are not just limited to making keychain gifts. A whole myriad of other small arts and crafts projects can be made easier with this device. A number of small items can be engraved with the name or message you desire. This is all possible without the need for technical skills, artistic skills, or expensive equipment. Furthermore, purchasing our desktop model will introduce you to the world of laser engraving. It is possible that you will become passionate about engraving these small-scale projects and upscale your hobby into a business. With OMTech, this transition is as easy as ever, offering a wide range of laser engravers designed for business-like projects. 

Take the headache out of gift-giving by creating unique and customizable keychains for that meaningful person in your life. OMTech makes this possible by providing a reliable, affordable, and easy to use desktop laser engraver. However, if you do need any training or assistance, our support staff will be eager to help.

About the Author

Author: John O’Donovan

Mr. O’Donovan is a mechanical engineer from Portland Oregon. He has an extensive background in technical writing and has authored many articles, blog posts, technical documents, and spec sheets for several organizations including Daimler AG, Hyster Yale, and the Port of Portland. The focus of his career thus far has been in manufacturing and he specializes in the maintenance and smooth operation of manufacturing plants.