Sometimes when we’re at Maker Faire visitors have never seen a laser cutter before and ask what it’s for. Usually we proudly show all of Martin’s lovely laser cut projects but in future we might be telling those currious visitor “It’s for making a record out of just about anything, like maybe a stale mexican pancake!”
Upgrade Tech on Instructables has written an awesome ‘ible of how to use your laser cutter to etch the grooves of a record into a tortilla. It doesn’t sound too amazing (in fact in most cases you can’t hear the music at all over the horror that is a needle on flatbread) but you may be forgetting that old records are fairly lo-fi by modern standards anyway, and some of us ONLY listen to music on laser cut tortilla, it’s not for everyone.
Upgrade Tech shares pdf files for Mexican hat and also tips on how to make your own cutting files using audio editing software, its a great fun and somewhat leftfeild project you can try with your cutter. Our Greyfin A2 laser cutter is the perfect size for etching your own 12inch “records” and no doubt you’d get a much better sound from some acrylic or even ply wood, anything really other than dough, maybe cheese or a fruit jelly? If you need me I’ll be with my laser cutter trying to make records in food stuffs.