TRADITIONAL ENGRAVING VS. LASER ENGRAVING
Oftentimes, people come into the showroom with the idea that they want a metal plate engraved. To first-time customers, we need to ask, “Do you want traditional engraving or laser engraving?” What you need to know is…what’s the difference?
On a basic level, traditional engraving uses a precise machine that physically touches a piece of metal to create the message you want to be shown. Most commonly, we engrave metal plates, medals, and certain engravable plastics. If you have an old trophy or some sports medals laying around, check to see if they are engraved. If they are, they were more than likely engraved with this method. However, there are some cases in which these items can be laser engraved.
As opposed to regular engraving, laser engraving utilizes a laser machine to remove the top layer of a product. This reveals your message fractions of a millimeter deep into certain laserable items with pinpoint accuracy. Because of this accuracy, we use laser engraving when customers want their logo to be a part of the engraved message. We laser engrave our glass, crystal, and acrylic awards along with certain wooden plaque boards, coffee mugs, and pens, pocket knives, picture frames, etc.. We can even engrave wooden baseball bats depending on the type of bat.
Certain plastics can also be laser engraved using this process. By removing the top layer of the plastic, a second colored layer reveals itself to show the message. The same process can be done with certain laserable metals, which may be the method one of your trophies was engraved. If the plate has one color for the text and another color for the background, and is smooth across the entire plate, it is most likely laser engraved.
At the end of the day, both methods have their pros and cons when choosing between the two. When making a decision on which type of engraving you need, it all boils down to the purpose for engraving, the message you want to express, and to whom it will be given. Still not sure what you need? Give us a call.