Everything is about personalization today. We personalize our iPhone cases (OK, OK, androids too), put decals on laptops and stickers on cameras. One element which was left untouched so far is the lens cap. (not lens cap keepers, those did get personalized).
On the other hand, cheap lens caps are a buck a dozen which makes them the perfect item for personalization.
Assuming you have a CNC machine…
Maker Matthew Sheridan shares a full tutorial on how to go from point A (blank cheapo lens cap) to point B (super awesome custom cap) on his blog. Appropriately choosing the Hack A Day logo for the tutorial :).
Basically, you create a template in Illustrator that has the parts that you want debrossed by the CNC.
You then “import” (or convert) the data into CNC language:
and chip away
The final result is then cleaned and the empty space filled with model paint.
Here are some interesting designs Matt has already made:
For the full instruction set hope over to Matt’s Blog.
P.S. Matt sells customs designs (or takes your specific orders) on Etsy – how cool is that?
P.P.S want to spoil your lens even more? Make her a Carbon Fiber Lens Hood.