Three-dimensional engraving is the technique of using laser-technology to engrave or mark an object.
3D engraving differs from standard engraving in that through the use of laser machinery the need to use ink or tool bits are completely eliminated.
Not all materials can be marked with laser technology only laser-sensitive polymers and novel metal alloys can be engraved.
When it comes to 3D engraving, the objects used are typically crystal or glass to ensure that the images stand out, however there are other objects that can certainly be used as well.
What kind of materials can be engraved?
As aforementioned, there are a variety of objects that lasers can engrave on. If you are interested in 3D engraving it is recommended you work with a design studio (such as 3DesignCenter) and determine which platform is best for the image you would like.
Objects that can be used include stone and glass as they are not gaseous and can therefore easily be used with a laser.
Other objects include natural materials such as softwood and hardwood. In addition, plastics such as acrylic plastic sheets, standard cast acrylic plastic and other cast resins tend to laser well.
Jewellery can also be laser engraved (depending on what it is made out of.) Jewellers are using laser-engraving machines to create customised designs for their clients and they are noticing that laser-engraving machines tend to be much more precise than their standard engraving counterparts.
Metal is the most common object for traditional engraving, however when it comes anything that is done with a laser, it cannot be used.
Laser engraving machines
How a laser engraving machine works is relatively simple. The machine is made up of a laser, controller and a surface.
The laser works similar to a pencil. The beam emitted from it enables the controller to trace patterns onto the surface.
The controller is usually a computer and it controls the direction, speed of movement, intensity and spread of the laser beam, which is aimed towards the surface.
Finally, the surface is picked to match what the laser can act on.
What kind of images can be engraved?
When you are selecting an image for 3D engraving any image can be used. If you know that you would like a 3D gift, but are unsure of what kind of image you would like, you can simply walk into a 3D design store and browse the artwork they have there.
However, if you have a specific image or photograph you would like to use you can bring it with you to the 3D design company and they can replicate it onto the object of your choice.
In addition, if you have a photo that you would like with a few edits or have ideas you would like incorporated into your image you can create a bespoke design with one of the artists at any 3D design company.