In this modern-day technology-driven world, companies are going for a cost-effective means of marketing their products and services. One such cost-effective means is 3d laser engraving. This method of engravings not only saves money but also ensures authenticity and precision.
To explain 3d laser engraving very briefly, it is an advanced technology that makes 3D engraved images on a metallic surface. 3d engravers use a hand-held laser printer similar to an inkjet printer. This device is connected to a computer system via a USB port and the computer displays the image that is to be engraved on the metal. 3d engravings can be performed on any metal including metals like iron, aluminum, brass, bronze, copper, stainless steel, and nickel. The variety of surfaces that can be engraved with this process is endless.
Normally, a 3d engraved image can be made on the metal using a rotary tool (rotomatter) or by using a plate-and-laser combination. Rotomatter is the most commonly used method of 3d laser engraving as it is the cheapest and the easiest to use. The engravings can be made on any type of metal including metal, plastic, paper, wood, fiber, and many more. However, due to the high cost of these types of materials and also due to the limited options available in the market for this type of engravings, the use of a plate-and-laser combination has been preferred.
The working area should be neat and clean for 3d laser engraving to be effective. The working area should also be elevated above the working surface. The elevation of the working area is dependent upon the type of material being engraved. For example, on brass, the working area should be kept relatively low, as the brass will tarnish easily if kept at the working area for too long.
For 3d laser engraving to be effective, a suitable type of machine feed software is required. Most commonly, the laser printer cartridges are loaded into the machine and the substrate is fed into the rollers via the cartridges. The rollers then push the substrate against the metal rollers in succession. The thickness of the metal in the rollers will depend on the type of metal being engraved. The metal feed rates are variable and may vary according to the type of machine and the required engraved image.
The reason why the process is known as 3d laser engraving is because the image is engraved on the metal using light. When the machine runs the software automatically, the rollers move over the metal, printing out the engravings. If you are not that comfortable with 3d engravings, you might want to use a guide to ensure the engravings are in line. There are guide devices that are installed right next to the machines. There may be some engravings that you might want to ignore and the guide lets you know so you can do so. You would not want to get the engraved images onto a piece of non-porous metal, as it would be impossible to remove them.
Since the three dimensional engravings require more power to push the metal in place, you will need a fast printer. You can get a faster printer by purchasing one that uses a USB connection rather than a parallel port. If your machine does not have a USB connection, but you are pretty sure your machine has a parallel port, there are inexpensive software programs that can convert the laser marking from the PC to the 3d laser engraving printer. Software is not necessary when you have a laser marking printer; however, the software would come in handy if you are getting a professional type of results, or if you plan to do a lot of 3d laser engraving.
After you have made the decision to get a laser engravable machine, the next step is going to be picking out a style of unit. The most common types of machines include a table-top unit or a mounted unit. In most cases, a table top unit will be the cheapest choice; however, the quality is not that good, especially if you intend to engrave many small designs. Mounted units offer better quality and better engraven images but are more expensive.