What materials can you engrave?
My laser specializes in metal engraving. Nearly any metal can be engraved. It can also engrave or mark powder coated or anodized metals, and some stone such as slate coasters and ceramic tile.
Wood, glass, and plastics are generally not suitable for my laser.
How durable is laser engraving?
Laser engraving overall is very durable but it depends on the type of engraving. Deep engraving will last the longest but is most expensive. Engraving on powder coated items is only as durable as the coating. Surface marking, such as a smooth black Z-mark on steel, has a similar durability to anodizing; it is very durable but will wear over time with use.
What file format should artwork be?
Vector files are ideal for the best quality engravings, including Adobe illustrator (.ai) and scalable vector graphics (.svg). I can also convert high quality image files such as .jpg and .png if they are solid black and white only (not grayscale).
Can you engrave photographs?
Yes! Stainless steel is ideal for engraving grayscale photographs, and the process may work on other materials as well.
What is your turnaround time?
Some single engraving jobs can be done while you wait at my studio. Generally, I will try to complete orders within 3 business days but this may change depending on the scope of the job and my current work load.
How much does it cost?
Pricing depends on a lot of factors, including custom design, setup time, engraving time, and finishing as well as the cost of materials. Generally speaking most jobs start around $20, but bulk orders can be much less per item. In some cases a sample may have to be produced to get an accurate quote. For a quote please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.