Laser marking: In laser marking, a low-power laser beam interacts with a special coating on the surface of a material to form a surface design. In this case, the surface of the material remains smooth, but the design is clearly visible.
Laser Etching: Laser etching is a delicate process where the laser produces just enough heat to form a surface mark on the surface of the material of your choice. The etched areas melt and expand, creating a raised finish with enhanced contrast. Laser etching never goes deeper than 0.001 inches into the material, making it ideal for plating metals, polymers, and ceramics.
You can add custom designs to individual products, or set up your laser cutter for high-volume production. With a little practice, you’ll be able to add graphics, names, logos, quotes, and everything in between to any material that’s compatible with your laser engraving machine.
Personalized engraving machines can only create beautiful gifts with the right materials. Some substrates work better than others when it comes to etching, marking and engraving, so be sure to check the manufacturer’s manual before starting the task. You’ll need to adjust the laser’s settings depending on the material you’re using, but there are plenty to choose from:
Slate, marble, granite, trouble stone and other stones can be laser engraved.
Glass can be used for a variety of purposes, from monogrammed glassware to hygienic cutting boards.
Plastic can be used for name tags and key chains, as well as phone cases, acrylic business cards and signs.
Metal often needs to be coated with a substance that allows you to etch the surface to create personalized spoons, stainless steel cocktail glasses and calling cards.
You can laser etch many different types of wood to create custom picture frames, wine boxes, gift boxes, ornaments and baby blocks.
Leather works well with laser cutters but takes practice to create personalized passport holders, wallets, dog collars, bracelets and book covers.
Of course, jewelry is one of the most popular personalization items.
You can even engrave photos on glass, stone, metal, plastic and wood.