Laser-engraved plaque by Denny Wittman, Action Signs and Advertising Specialties, Lake Wales, Florida
Laser-engraved skateboard done on an Epilog laser by Jason Lefton, Big Secret, Richmond, Virginia; design by Serge Kirsanov
Laser-engraved wood mortar-and-pestle done on a Trotec laser by Steve Shepherd, Custom Engraving & Signs, Richmond, Virginia
Laser-engraved plaque by Denny Wittman, Action Signs and Advertising Specialties, Lake Wales, Florida
Laser-engraved mahogany business card done on an Epilog laser by Jason Lefton, Big Secret, Richmond, Virginia
Laser-burned bread done on an Epilog laser by Jason Lefton, Big Secret, Richmond, Virginia
Laser-engraved glass award by Denny Wittman, Action Signs and Advertising Specialties, Lake Wales, Florida
Laser marked stainless steel panel done on a Trotec laser by Steve Shepherd, Custom Engraving & Signs, Richmond, Virginia
Laser-engraved and cut wood sign done on an Epilog laser by Jason Lefton, Big Secret, Richmond, Virginia
Laser-engraved plastic signage done on a Trotec laser engraver by Steve Shepherd, Custom Engraving & Signs, Richmond, Virginia
Laser-engraved blade for custom-made knife by Denny Wittman, Action Signs and Advertising Specialties, Lake Wales, Florida
Laser-engraved "growler" or beer container done on an Epilog laser by Jason Lefton, Big Secret, Richmond, Virginia; design by Ed Trask for Saison Market
Laser-engraved granite done on a Trotec laser by Steve Shepherd, Custom Engraving & Signs, Richmond, Virginia
“We’ve been pushing the laser engraved work harder,” says Denny Wittman, Action Signs & Engraving, Lake Wales, Florida. “We do everything from one or two custom items to orders for 400 stainless steel drink cups. It fits right in with our sign work.”
Laser-engraved walnut plaque done on a Trotec laser by Steve Shepherd, Custom Engraving & Signs, Richmond, Virginia

Laser at work: Engrave almost anything

By SignCraft Magazine

Posted on Sunday, January 1st, 2017

Source list:

Laser engraving/ cutting equipment

Acsys Laser:
www.acsyslaser.com

Epilog Laser:
www.epiloglaser.com

Gravograph:
www.gravograph.com

Trotec Laser:
www.troteclaser.com

Universal Laser Systems:
www.ulsinc.com

Vision Engravers:
www.visionengravers.com

We try to make all source lists as complete as possible, but errors or omissions sometimes occur. If so, please let us know and we’ll pass the updated information along.
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?”


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