Laser at work: Engrave almost anything
By SignCraft Magazine
Posted on Sunday, January 1st, 2017
Laser etched goblets, stainless steel insulated glasses, plaques, baseballs, handbags, chef’s knives, baseball bats. People want custom graphics on almost anything. Sometimes it’s just an individual project, but often it’s dozens or even hundreds of items to laser engrave or etch.
And then there’s laser engraving for industrial and utility purposes—electrical panel tags, ID plates, instrument panels, nameplates and cabinet identification. Some of it’s required legally; some of it is to boost efficiency or convenience. Either way, laser engraving is often the ideal solution.
Laser engraving can deliver graphics with seemingly impossible detail. It’s ideal for small lettering and detailed graphics. Depending on the substrate used, it lets you create very durable products as well.
What’s this all mean to sign shops? Simple. It’s a profitable service that’s easy to offer along with your other sign products. It lets you reach into new markets. It’s also work that can lead to other sign work for some of the same clients who need laser engraving services.
In sign shops, lasers typically see a lot of use cutting graphics from acrylic. Yet as you can see in these photos, laser engraving can be used to add graphics to almost any surface— from a loaf of bread to stainless steel, from plastic to granite.
“There’s no need to narrow your market when you have a laser,” says Jason Lefton, Big Secret, Richmond, Virginia. “We’ve done all sorts of nontraditional things with ours. We’ve laser-engraved wood, glasses, shoes, grip tape for skateboards, cakes, bread—you name it. Why not push the technology and find new markets?”