Many times when creating a custom piece for a customer, it is important to educate them on what the laser can do and what will look best. It is also important to have suppliers and ideas about where you can obtain the substrates that you will use. Helping control where the substrates come from lessons the chance for surprises. After doing some research on the internet we ended up purchasing all of our wooden disks from Amazon. The sizes were all very close in size but by no means were all exactly the same. In this case they all measured between 2.5" and 3" in diameter. One thing I was impressed with was that they all came sanded on both sides which helps get a consistent look with our laser.
With our Epilog Zing Laser we used a Speed of 80 and a Power of 100 to get these results. On some of the medals we had to position the logo slightly off center so that we could also get the .125" hole at the top to accept a metal ring for a ribbon. All in all a unique gift that looks great, and something all the recipients will remember for a long time.