Laser Etching and Engraving involves using a laser to cut or burn to a specific depth on a material to create images, text or graphics on the surface of the object. Many different types of materials can be laser etched including wood, paper board, card stock, plastic, metal, glass, ceramic and many more. For some historical perspective, etching traditionally involved burning an image into an object…usually using acid to burn metal. Whereas, engraving was the process of removing material via cutting with a blade or knife. With modern laser cutting machines, both processes can be accomplished on the same machine on a wide variety of materials by adjusting the in intensity of the laser.
Laser etching makes sense when the quantities are small to moderate. Laser etching is extremely versatile and can be used to personalise or brand many products after manufacture. When compared to other more traditional forms of etching and engraving, using the laser is generally substantially more economical.
Contrax Industrial Services provides high quality laser engraving on all types of materials, including:
Acrylic & plastic
Glass (including mirrors)
Leather & fabric
Paper & cardboard
Whether you’re looking for laser engraving on wood, acrylic, any form of textiles, or any of the above materials, you can trust us to achieve amazing results when processing an endless range of materials on our high-end laser machine.
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Laser Engraving (or Laser Etching) is a surface technology. The laser interacts with different types of material in different ways: