Professional Laser Engraving

What is Professional Laser Engraving?

Professional laser engraving is a manufacturing process that utilizes a high-powered laser to etch designs onto various materials. A concentrated laser beam, controlled by computer software, precisely removes the surface layer of the material to create a design. The process allows for extremely detailed and accurate designs, far surpassing traditional engraving methods.

At Seaboard Traders our in-house, high-powered engraving lasers can be used on a range of materials, including Metal, Plastic, Glass, Wood, Acrylic, Leather, and Leatherette.

Laser engraving etches designs directly into the material, making it impossible for your design to fade, peel, or wear away.

What quality can I expect from Professional Laser Engraving?

When choosing a supplier for your laser engraving needs, going with the cheapest is never worth it. When it comes to computer controlled lasers, you get what you pay for. Professional laser engraving machinery offers several advantages over the cheap consumer grade machines you find at many promotional item shops:

  • Higher Power and Efficiency: Professional machines are more powerful, capable of handling tougher materials and larger-scale projects efficiently.
  • Greater Precision: They offer higher precision and control, essential for intricate designs and consistent quality in commercial production.
  • Advanced Software: Professional engraving involves sophisticated software for complex design execution, not typically found in consumer-grade machines.

Our state-of-the-art laser engraving machines offer the finest quality standards for all your project and corporate needs.

What are Typical Enterprise Laser Engraving Needs?

  • Employee Recognition Awards: Create stunning, personalized awards for employee recognition programs. These can include engraved plaques, crystal trophies, or custom medals, each meticulously crafted to celebrate milestones and achievements.
  • Event Memorabilia: Create unique memorabilia for corporate events, like engraved wine glasses or custom coasters, ensuring the company’s events are remembered long after they conclude.
  • Corporate Gifts: Offer personalized gifts such as engraved keychains, high-end pens, or elegant wristwatches to employees or business partners, showcasing appreciation and strengthening corporate relationships.

What are Typical Small Business & Project Laser Engraving Needs?

  • Custom Signage: Laser-engraved signs for storefronts or interiors showcase branding with a touch of sophistication.
  • Promotional Products: Small businesses and families can leverage laser engraving for creating high-quality, memorable or promotional products including items like engraved keychains, bottle openers, or wooden coasters.
  • Outsourced Finishing: Insert us directly into your manufacturing chain, by performing final engraving on everything from jewelry to kitchenware, or even custom packaging such as a finished wood box containing your product with beautiful engraving on the lid (and let us handle the storage, packaging, and customer fulfillment for you).

How does laser engraving work?

First, your design is translated into a format compatible with computer-controlled laser engraving machinery, ensuring precision and fidelity to the original concept.

Next, the appropriate material for engraving is chosen based on the design requirements and your preference, with our in-house experts helping you consider factors like durability, appearance, and cost.

The laser engraving machine is then set up, with our professional technicians making adjustments for power, speed, and focus to suit the specific material and design complexity. After a test run or two to fine tune settings, the engraving production run begins.

After engraving, the product undergoes a thorough quality inspection to ensure the engraving meets your desired standards and design specifications. Lastly, the engraved item is then cleaned to remove any residues or debris, and additional finishing touches are applied if necessary.

Laser Engraving Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What materials can be laser engraved?

We can engrave a variety of materials including wood, glass, acrylic, leather, metal, and certain plastics. Each material offers a unique finish and aesthetic.

Can you replicate my company logo with laser engraving?

Absolutely! We can precisely replicate logos, ensuring they are accurately represented on the chosen material.

How durable is laser engraving?

Laser engraving is extremely durable. The process creates a permanent mark that is resistant to fading and wear over time.

What is the maximum size you can engrave?

Our machines can accommodate a wide range of sizes, from small items like keychains to larger pieces like signage. The maximum size is is nearly 3′ x 2′, and longer items are able to extend out of the machine.¬†

Is there a minimum order quantity for laser engraving?

Due to machine setup and material calibration we have a minimum order quantity of 6 – 24 items depending upon item size. We are able to offer a discount on larger volume orders.

Can laser engraving be used for both flat and curved surfaces?

Yes, our advanced machines are capable of engraving both flat and curved surfaces with precision.

How do I prepare my design for laser engraving?

Provide us with a high-resolution digital file of your design, preferably in vector format. Our team can assist with any necessary adjustments to ensure optimal engraving results.

Can you engrave both text and images?

Yes, we can engrave both text and images, offering a range of fonts and detailing options for customization.

Is laser engraving safe for all materials?

While safe for most materials, some, like certain plastics, may not be suitable due to melting or toxic fumes, while others permit laser to some depth. We assess each material for safety and quality and prefer to use our own products and materials. We have a large amount of products to choose from to suit your every need.

Can laser engraving be combined with other customization techniques?

Yes, laser engraving can be combined with other techniques like an embroidered border for a unique and multi-textured effect.