Quite some time ago, I hammered out G-Code to engrave ersatz dog tags for a Cabin Fever demo:
A dozen years later, making a World War II dog tag is a whole lot easier:
Well, “easier” if you allow laser engraving in white-on-black Trolase using a font intended to mimic a typewriter.
Close enough, methinks.
Which comes from a simple layout:
The outline traces a scanned image of my father’s tag, fitting a few hand-laid splines around the curves:
I generated a random serial number based on my father’s draftee status (he was in his early 30s during his South Sea Island tour) and state of residence; my apologies to anyone carrying it for real. His blood type was A and (I think) the religion code marks him as “Brethren”, a common group in my ancestry.
Given the outline, various plastics, and a laser, other effects become possible:
It might come in handy for something, someday.
The LightBurn SVG layout as GitHub Gist: