Laser Engraving / Etching
What is Laser Engraving or Etching?
Laser Engraving or etching is a method that uses a laser beam to change the surface of an object. This process is used to create a logo or an image on a promotional item. It essentially uses very high heat to remove or vaporize the material it meets.
Considerations for Laser Engraving
All that is needed is a high resolution vectored logo or image. The image transferred from the ink plate to the object is extremely fine in detail.
The size and shape of your artwork will determine what items will be best for you to print on. In some cases, you may need to arrange your artwork differently to fit the shape of the object you are wanting to print on. More Artwork Information.
Your color option is based on the mercy of the object you selected. You are not able to determine the color you want. After the item is laser engraved, there will be a different color depending on the object and its material.
Type of Material
Not all material can be laser engraved. Plastic is a bad choice. There are a few types of material that respond well to laser engraving. Glass, metal, leather, and wood are the best choices. Fabric also responds well.
Number of Locations and Size
Each laser engraved location for your custom product adds time and a little bit of cost. The more locations you have the more it's going to cost. The larger the image being engraved can also increase cost due to the amount of time required.
Laser engraving does allow for a low quantity of 1, however, it may not be very cost effective. The more items you have done, drives the cost per item down.
The setup in 1 item is the same setup for 100 items.
Advantages and Disadvantages
Quick and effective
Can use for lower quantities
Limited in colors - you get what you get
Most expensive printing option per piece
Ideal for the following
Clothing – yes, looks amazing