Laser Engraving, Marking and Cutting

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We’ve listed some of the more common materials we work with here but if you have a specific requirement just ask…

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Raster Engraving

Raster engraving is the standard process for engraving. The file is printed line by line, as it is when processed with printers.

Raster Engraving uses a raster-based image such as a JPG and the laser treats this as one big piece of Art. To recreate this image the laser scans back and forth over the material and fires the power proportionate to the depth of greyscale in the image – black areas receive maximum laser power, white areas do not get engraved, the shades between the two get a varying amount of laser power. This allows us to create photographic images and 3D effects up to a resolution of around 600dpi. Raster Engraving is possible up to a maximum size of 3,000 x 2,000mm.

Vector Engraving

Vector engraving, often referred to as “scoring,” is a process where the file to be printed is a graphic file consisting of lines and curves of a geometry.

Vector Engraving is very different – it uses a vector-based file such as an Illustrator or Autocad file and the laser in effect follows the lines. The laser power is not variable, it switches on at the start of the line and switches off at the end therefore there is no varying the depth or the effect. The only difference between Vector Laser Engraving and Laser Cutting is power – if we set the laser power too high when engraving we’ll cut the material; if we set the power too low when cutting we’ll engrave! We can Vector Engrave up to 3,000 x 2,000mm work area.

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