CO2 Laser Engraving
Laser engraving works by having the laser head move back and forth, turning on and off very quickly to produce the engraving. Engraving can be beneficial in many areas over printing and other techniques, in durability, appearance and more.
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Types of laser engraving
Laser engraving can be done in a few different ways.
This is the kind of engraving we do the most. The laser beam is simply turned on and off to produce the image.
Good for: Logos, text, general purpose engraving
Grayscale engraving (dithering)
Grayscale engraving is made by dithering the image (turning it into a lot of small black and white dots). When viewed at normal eye distance this gives the look of a smooth transition.
Good for: Photographs, engravings that needs to smoothly fade between different strengths of engraving
Vector engraving/ scoring
Definitely the fastest way to engrave something. Vector engraving is done by having the laser beam “draw” the engraving as a line, instead of raster engraving the image.
Good for: Quick engravings, subtle engravings, mechanical indicators
3D engraving (variable power)
By varying the lasers power seamlessly you can get a deep 3-dimensional engraving. A grayscale depth map is used to vary the power of the engraving.
Good for: Patterning, faux wood carving, very sharp corners
We do laser engraving in-house. Here are the machines we employ at this moment. Keep in mind that the limits of these machines is not always the limit of what we can make. We have a wide network of manufacturing partners to help you realize your project!
Trotec Speedy 400
This piece of Austrian engineering is one of the finest CO2 laser machines on the market. With its ceramic laser tube and high speed servos it can do high quality engravings at blazing speed. It’s a precision instrument, no less.
– Working area: 1000x600mm
The kalashnikov. The sledgehammer. This tride and true blocky Chinese creation has served us incredibly well. Hard to beat in terms of getting something done quick. It also uses a DC laser tube, which in some cases can outperform more advanced RF tubes in terms of edge quality.
– Working area: 1300x900mm
What we can work from
We are very flexible in the way that we can pretty much work from basically anything.
The best format for laser engraving. We work with almost any format. (ai, eps, cdr, pdf, dxf.. you name it)
A raster image is a close second. Just make sure that the image is of the highest possible resolution, preferably over 300 dpi.
For simple stuff, such as name plates and informational plates, just a description of what you need engraved is okay (text, font, size).
Things to think about
Laser engraving is a relatively straight-forward process. However there are a handful of things to keep in mind:
We have standard settings for different materials. But on your request we can engrave to different depths by adjusting the power and speed of our machine. Some materials take it differently than others. Feel free to ask!
Some materials (mostly wood) can leave slight residue around the engraving. It is usually very easy to remove with light sanding, or with the proper solvent.
Some materials, such as PVC releases chloride gases that corrode the optics on the machines, and are therefore unsuitable for laser engraving. However, feel free to ask if you have a material not listed to the left!
Something waiting to be engraved?
We’d be happy to throw it in our laser for you!