The individualization of objects has been in trend for a long time. Gifts with personal information such as names or mottos give the present a unique character. But companies also use different methods to personalize their giveaways. Whereas in the past one was only limited to scratch or etching engraving, today one can rely on modern laser engraving. In contrast to laser printing, with laser engraving no color is applied, but material is removed. Such devices can be aligned very precisely and achieve corresponding results.

What is a laser engraving machine?
A laser engraver is an electronic engraving instrument that can be used to process a wide variety of materials. From wood to metal, depending on the laser power, jewelry, for example, can be engraved with relatively little effort. These devices are available in compact dimensions and can be operated via a USB connection via the home PC, which ensures uncomplicated use, even for laypeople.

How does a laser engraving machine work?
The desired shape of the engraving, which is then to be projected onto the material, is created on the computer with any graphics program, which is also possible via a mobile phone app. The graphic is then sent to the laser printer. This is usually done by the printer driver. During the engraving process, the surface of the material to be processed is heated to a great extent. The resulting heating and evaporation process by the laser immortalizes the engraving on the material surface.

What are the advantages and disadvantages of a laser engraving machine?
You should carefully consider in advance what you want to use this device for. Since laser engravers are already very cheap and extremely easy to use, they work like standard printers, you can overlook a lot.

It is important to look at the size and material of the pieces to be lasered. Both the size field and the motifs are ultimately limited. If someone is particularly creative and likes to try out many different motifs, sizes and materials, a simple engraving pen is better for them.

In the professional and corporate sector, where series are usually produced, you are certainly better equipped with a professional engraving laser device. The modern laser engraving technology guarantees consistent quality and the CO2 lasers and fiber lasers are maintenance-free. The tools do not lock, so they are an inexpensive option for engraving workpieces.

What should I consider when buying a laser engraving machine?
Once you have determined what you will need from a laser engraving machine, also consider the space you have available and how much you are willing to spend. Then whether large or small quantities are to be produced. What materials are used and what size of engraving area is required.

The decisive factor is whether metal or other basic materials are to be engraved. While a CO2 laser is suitable for almost all raw materials except metal, a fiber or crystal laser is more effective in the second case.

What should I consider when using a laser engraving machine?
Eye protection is very important when a laser engraver is to be put into operation. All devices come with either safety goggles or laser covers. Direct eye contact with the laser beam can cause serious damage! Therefore, always make sure that your eyes are well protected!