Check out our buyer's guide for this season's best laser engravers on the market. Plus, an introduction to laser engraving, services, and materials.

Home and office laser engraving have become so much easier these days. Once strictly used by industrial manufacturers, laser engraving is increasingly adopted by small businesses, product designers, makers, and even hobbyists.

In some cases, a laser engraver might prove to be the most advantageous manufacturing technology for your specific application.

Before pulling out your wallet, we have also compiled everything you need to know about laser engravers into a comprehensive guide to get you started in this great technology.

Easily cut and engrave projects for your school, small business, or home with the Dremel DigiLab LC40. Learn more

The Glowforge Plus is a professional-grade laser cutter that is both easy-to-use and highly reliable. Compared to the Glowforge Basic model, the Plus offers upgraded components and increased laser power that makes it 20% faster. Learn more

On the budget side of the desktop laser engraver market, the NEJE DK-8-KZ still manages to offer a protective magnetic panel, an emergency stop button and cooling control. It also has a tidy operating distance of 38 x 38mm. Learn more

Professional results from a series of highly developed toolheads, plus above average (for an all-in-one machine) build space makes the ZMorph VX a powerhouse of a desktop tool. Learn more

Priced at approximately $70, the NEJE DK-8-KZ laser engraver is a good entry-level machine to the world of laser engraving technology. With just 1,000 mW of laser power, there isn’t much power behind this machine, but it’s still capable of engraving designs into materials like wood and plastic. The frame of this laser is comprised of black laser-cut acrylic and 108 screws.

Although the NEJE DK-8-KZ is definitely on the cheaper side of the market, it still offers some pretty impressive features. For example, it boasts a magnetic panel to protect users from the laser beam, an emergency stop button, and cooling control. It also has a tidy operating distance of 38 x 38mm. There are downfalls to this laser engraver, such as the inability to engrave in metal and acrylic materials, but at this price point, it’s a great entry-level laser engraver.

The SuperCarver K2 Laser Engraver is another affordable option for novices, particularly those who want an easy to use machine. This design comes available with a 500mW or 1000mW laser, the latter version costing a little bit extra. The aluminum alloy frame provides stability, and also makes the image positioning more precise.

This laser engraver is equipped with 500mW / 1000mW blue and purple laser head and offers a small engraving area of 38 x 38mm. It’s compatible with a wide range of materials, including mahogany, bamboo, paper cards, ivory, leather, flammable plastics and more (but not with metal or acrylic).

If it’s an affordable beginner’s laser engraver you’re after, the Mophorn 40W could be the right fit. At 40 Watts, this machine engraves materials like fabrics, wood, crystal, film, and various plastics – operating at a speed of up to 13.8 in/s if you use it as a cutter at 1.38 in/s.

With the included CorelDraw software, you can begin drawing designs for your laser engraver instantly. Apart from the laser engraver and software, you also get a water pump, smoke pipe, smoke fan, and other useful items.

If you’re looking for a high-quality laser engraving machine that can fit on your desktop, look no further than the Orion Motor Tech laser engraver. This compact machine offers an engraving area of 300 x 200mm. This laser engraving machine has a resolution ratio of 0.001 in 0.026mm/4500DPI, and operates at a maximum speed of 500mm/s. If you decide to use it as a cutter, it will run at 80mm/s.

What sets the Orion laser engraver apart from others is the user-friendliness and low price of around $400. The Orion laser engraver operates with a 40W water cooling laser tube and a high-precision stepping motor. You can utilize a variety of materials, including plastic, leather, stone, crystal, and more. However, beware, if you decide to buy the Orion laser engraving machine, there are other components you will likely need alongside it. The package also includes a smoke pipe, smoke fan, water pump, power wire, USB cable, and a USB dongle key.

The Cubiio laser engraver took Kickstarter by storm and created immense public interest in the technology. It introduced some ingenious innovations that are particular to this machine. For one, users can control the machine wirelessly with an app that is available on the Apple Store and Google Play app store. The laser engraver itself consists of two units. The laser module that can be mounted onto a tripod to engrave onto immobile surfaces.

By default, the laser module is attached to a laser shield that protects your eyes from the laser beam and extracts toxic fumes and smells.

In sum, the engraving area is 3.9 ✕ 3.9 in (100 ✕ 100 mm). Cubiio can engrave and even cut materials like cardboard, textiles, leather, and wood.

The Snapmaker is a 3-in-1 3D printer, laser engraver, and CNC carver in a super-compact all-metal design. When its Kickstarter campaign launched in March 2017, the Snapmaker created a huge media buzz catapulting it to the position of the third most funded 3D printing project on Kickstarter. Switching between the three modules of the Snapmaker is easy.

Snapmaker offers the full laser engraving package. That means the software allows you to choose from three laser engraving modes: black & white, grayscale, and vector. However, be warned. The first two modes can take excruciatingly long since, at 200mW, the laser module is comparatively weak.

The maximum work area of this laser engraving machine is 4.9 ✕ 4.9” (125 ✕ 125 mm) – meaning you can engrave items the size of a smartphone. You can process a variety of materials with this laser engraver, wood, bamboo, leather, plastic, fabric, paper, and non-transparent acrylic.

In sum, the Snapmaker is an excellent laser engraver for those curious about the technology. But if you want to get serious about laser engraving, you should consider one of the more powerful alternatives listed here.

The Flux Delta+ is no an ordinary laser engraver. The hardware you see is host to all kinds of CNC functions, including 3D printing, laser engraving, vinyl cutting, and more.

But let’s zero in on the laser engraving function: You’ve got a 6.6-inch (diameter) work area covered by a 200mW laser module. This laser can engrave wood and leather, a somewhat limited selection of materials compared to other machines in the list, but bear in mind that you’re getting a lot more than just a laser engraver for $1000. An additional benefit comes in the Flux Delta+’s laser’s ability to shading.

However, note that you’ll need to get the Flux Delta+ Deluxe Package – the basic package doesn’t come with the laser engraving module.

If you’re looking for a laser engraver that lands somewhere in between affordable and professional-grade, the TEN-HIGH 40W Laser Engraver is as good as it gets. It has a powerful 4oW CO2 Gas laser, an engraving area of 15.7 ✕ 11.8 inches, and an engraving speed of up to 30mm per minute.

Although it can quite cut through metal, you can still engrave designs into coated paint on metal materials. Other materials include plywood, acrylic, density boards, leather, felt, paper, fabric and more. The manufacturer also has a small-sized 430 laser engraver available, along with upgraded versions of their pre-existing products, making the entire TEN-HIGH ecosystem accessible to all.

This chic, orange-tinted machine is a capable laser engraver and cutter created by Darkly Labs. It’s a fairly modern option on the list in terms of design and user experience, but technically the engraving/cutting department is fairly standard. This machine packs a  5watt+ solid-state diode laser that the manufacturer claims is equivalent to a 15-20watt CO2 laser.

But it’s the little bells and whistles that make this machine particularly interesting: the built-in camera for material alignment, workspace lighting, and modern proprietary software all lead to a laser engraver experience that’s refreshingly convenient. Just like higher-end options such as the Glowforge Plus or Dremel LC40, there are fume extraction and air filtration accessories available – but the Emblaser 2 is, of course, significantly more affordable.

Armed with a 45W CO2 laser tube, which provides high cutting power and precision of up to 1/1000 of an inch, the Glowforge Plus is the middle ground between the well-loved Glowforge Basic and the Glowforge Pro.

It’s a machine optimized for home and office use, with a small form factor and safety features like water cooling. It also engraves 20% faster than the baseline Glowforge Basic, which makes it a capable engraver for a more invested user. After all, it’s not just any casual hobbyist who will shell out $3,995 for a laser engraver.

Arguably the best all-in-one 3D printer on the market, the Polish company ZMorph has created an extremely versatile hybrid machine. The ZMorph VX functions as dual extrusion printer, laser cutter, as well as CNC mill. Swap out the tool heads, and you can go from extruding paste materials to engraving patterns into wood.

With a simple design and expansive ability, this printer is ideal for those who consider themselves a jack of all trades. For the complete kit with all available tool heads, the retail price will run you around to $4399.

This $6000 matte-black machine is an incredibly capable tool, comfortable engraving acrylic, wood, leather, and aluminum. It’s a big machine with a big price tag, and you’ll need a big well-ventilated space to use the base model we recommend for most users.

Upgraded versions come with an external water cooler or an air vent. Still, you should only invest in those if you’re going to be cutting or engraving more seriously – the vast majority of users will probably benefit most from just placing this machine next to a window.

If you need a machine for a home, classroom, or studio environment, though, this is one of your most solid options. With official UL-certification, this machine is fully at home wherever you are.

This laser processing machine is designed with the idea that manufacturers to add serial numbers to their parts. Therefore, it is marketed as a laser marker, but it is capable of laser engraving just as well. A 30 watts fiber laser powers it, and you can even process metals like aluminum, copper, gold, and silver with ease. The included rotary attachment allows it to engrave round objects like rings.

The laser is built for a lifetime of up to 100,000 hours, giving you a high return for your investment. In case something should be wrong with your laser machine, the manufacturer offers a free maintenance service and a one year warranty.

Epilog has a vast product line consisting of differently sized laser engravers, from desktop to industrial. You can start off with their Zing Laser Series, which is their entry-level desktop laser engraver range. The Zing 16 is both considered low-cost and high-quality machines. This line of machines uses air-cooled CO2 lasers promising a long lifespan and making them easy to maintain. If you require an exhaust tube, you can attach an air compressor to remove heat and combustible gases.

The Zing 16 offers an engraving area of 16” x 12” (406 x 305 mm) and is estimated to cost just under $8000.

The high heat of the laser beam vaporizes the material, thereby cutting into the part’s surface and physically removing material. This process leaves a cavity in the surfaces that is not only visible with high contrast but also noticeable by touch. There are noteworthy differences in the depth of this cavity that varies between 0.02″ in metals to 0.125″ in softer materials.

Usually, the engraved areas become black. Multi-layer materials offer an alternative, as they enable them to engrave other colors than black. By removing the top layers, the lower layers become visible.

Another variant of laser engraving is relief engraving. The laser creates a deep engraving with distinct heights. This variant is beyond any doubt the most impressive since the overall effect is that of a wooden sculpture. If you want to create a relief engraving, you need a grayscale design and set your laser to translate the different values into different heights.

This process has become very popular for customizing parts made off metal, leather plastics, wood, glass, and acrylic. In particular, it is a great tool to add numbers, logos, images, and serial numbers to parts.

Laser engraving is today a technology commonly used for producing promotional products like pens, signs, and displays.

Outside the maker scene, many consumers enjoy the possibilities of laser engraving to produce objects customized with their names. One of the most noticeable applications is engraved jewelry, like wedding rings.

In short, the idea of “one tool fits all” applies. Laser engraving is a universal tool that can be applied to a wide range of materials, which means that you don’t need to buy dedicated tools for each of them.

Laser engraving is a money-saving technology. When parts are engraved using mechanical tools, it is necessary to fasten them with clamps. This adds to the work hours and may damage the parts. Since laser engraving is a contactless technology that does not require fastening parts, you save not only time, but you also avoid the risk of damaging the parts.

Conversely, this also means that your tools like drills or cutters do not suffer from wear and need to be replaced, saving you even more money.

Lasers engrave your designs with the highest precision onto the parts and can achieve an extremely high degree of detail. Moreover, since every design is saved as a file, you can reproduce them at the same level of quality.

Traditional carpentry, wood-cutting, and leather decorating are crafts that require long years of practical training to achieve mastery. Love it or hate it, but with laser engraving, anyone can create items at a level of quality high enough to make a living! – Many people using laser engravings sell their goods on platforms like Etsy, Ponoko, etc.

Compared to CNC engraving machines, laser engraving is not only faster, but you can draw on a larger number of font options, and the result is by far more legible.

For the short read, peruse our six-step guide. If you want to delve deeper, consult our in-depth dossiers that will help you improve your laser engraving results.

You can use both raster and vector files for laser marking, engraving, and etching. However, depending on the intended use, you should choose which one you apply for your design.

Raster files (JPG, PNG, etc.) are the go-to format for large engravings like fillet letters, images, and stamps. If you want to engrave any image made with a camera, raster engraving is what you want to use. Just like on computer screens, the image is put together by gradually adding points to form any shape you can imagine. Sometimes this method is also called “area engraving.” This method is especially well suited to materials like acrylic because it lends a beautiful frosted finish with a distinct contrast. Avoid raster engraving large glass, stone, and ceramic surfaces, since the results may be visually uneven.

Vector files (SVG, EPS, etc.) are composed of lines that are traced onto the surface sequentially. If your design consists of fine lines and curves, then vector engraving is the appropriate method. Professionals also call this approach “scoring,” and sometimes it is also called “line engraving.” Vector engraving lends itself well to wood because the burned outline creates a stunning contrast with the warm surface of the material. It is less suitable for materials like acrylic since the melted outline is only faintly visible. The video above illustrates the strengths and weaknesses of both methods.

For the best effect, it may be worthwhile to combine both methods. The final parts feature the evenly engraved surface from raster engraving and also the crisp outline created by the vector engraving. This effect works exceptionally well on wood.

The difference between both methods can be a substantial cost saver even when you order only one piece from an online service. But how do you decide? As a rule of thumb, if your surface details consist of large, relatively simple shapes, you should opt for vector engraving, as this is the quicker and thus more economical laser engraving method. However, if the design covers a large area that contains many intricate details, you should choose the raster engraving method. However, ultimately, you should decide based on what works best for your design!

Laser engraving is so much more than fastening any material in the work area and pushing a button. Every material has its quirks and idiosyncrasies that will sometimes help you achieve your design goal and sometimes make it hard for you. The following list will guide you through the properties of the most common materials.

It is possible to laser engrave finished leather, producing a look similar to hot-branding. Avoid raster marking large surfaces, since the leather will turn powdery. Therefore, vector marking is recommended.

Since leather is a natural material, it may deform during laser engraving if too much power is applied.

Because of the many varieties of leather, it is difficult to come up with a general rule for laser engraving. Hence, there is no way around determining the optimal laser engraving settings for each kind separately. To this end, test your machine with a grayscale matrix (see above).

Because of the many varieties of paper and cardboard, it is advisable to determine the optimal laser engraving settings for each kind separately. To this end, test your machine with a grayscale matrix (see above).

Besides natural woods, there is also plywood, which has several advantages. This laser engraving material consists of several sheets of wood that are glued together. As a result, plywood boasts a raised mechanical resistance, water-resistance, and lightness. All these properties have made plywood a staple for builders, designers, artists, and craftsmen.

In terms of laser engraving, plywood has an additional advantage over natural wood. When cut into sheets, the latter reveals grains in alternating shades that stem from different kinds of growth during the seasons. These differences also translate into different laser engraved surfaces. Usually, the lighter areas will come out lighter, and the dark areas will be darker.

As a rule of thumb, unless the desired look of your design is zebra pattern, you will be better off using plywood that has a uniform surface.

Besides, you should always apply higher laser power when engraving hardwood. Only then will you smooth results.

To determine the optimal laser engraving settings, test your machine with a grayscale matrix (see above).

The effects the laser has onto the glass surface can be manipulated using a number of practical methods.

Apply a moist paper towel to achieve a smoother surface finish and a white engraving result. Take care that there are no air bubbles or overlaps because this would distort the effect. Once the engraving is finished, the paper towel can be wiped off easily.

An alternative to paper towels is application tape. Like moist paper towels, application tape is an excellent measure against surface roughening. The same caveat concerning air bubbles and overlaps applies. However, the final engraving color is not a bright white but looks grey. Once the engraving is finished, the tape residue can be removed off easily.

But what to do when your laser engraver has not enough power to engrave glass? Even then, you can achieve designs with high-contrasts! Simply mask the glass surface with tape. Then you engrave the design into the tape. Next, cover the revealed area of the tape with a thin layer of paint using a brush. After the paint has dried, peel the tape and remove the tape residue carefully.

Experience shows that it can be a piece of work to laser engrave stone. You will get the best results with polished stones. To avoid distortions of the laser engraving motif, try to use stones that have a flat surface. You can align natural stones with the laser by using modeling clay as support. When you set the laser’s focus, apply an average value to achieve a uniform result

If your results are unsatisfactory, consider changing the Z-offset value. This simple trick can significantly improve the result of your engraving. Many professional laser engravers report that hard stones are easier to process if you choose a negative Z-offset value of 1mm or even more. The physics behind this workaround is simple. The closer the surface to be engraved is to the laser, the more energy enters.

But what to do when your laser engraver has not enough power to engrave stone? Or, when working with extremely hard stones that yield no satisfying results? Even then, you can achieve designs with high-contrasts! Simply mask the glass surface with tape. Then you engrave the design into the tape. Next, cover the revealed area of the tape with a thin layer of paint using a brush. After the paint has dried, peel the tape and remove the tape residue carefully from the stone’s surface.

Files for use in raster engraving can be created in many graphic programs. In fact, if you are reading this on a Windows, macOS, or Linux PC, then you have a graphics program already installed with the operating system that will suffice for your basic needs.

Undoubtedly, Photoshop is the go-to raster image solution. Its mind-boggling feature-set makes not only popular among professionals, but a series of trimmed down versions for mobile devices are also suitable to consumers who wish to enhance their snapshots or make their feet wet in graphic design.

GIMP (GNU Image Manipulation Program) is a free raster graphics editor that is considered by many to be on par with Photoshop. It features comprehensive image editing tools, like transformation, selection, layer, and masking tools, but also filters and brushes. Hence, this free and open-source graphics editor is superbly equipped for creating raster engraving files.

Vector engraving files are created in programs that offer support for vector formats like AI, DXF, EPS, PDF, and SVG. In general, this software comes with different tools to generate the necessary files. Depending on the machine you are using, a different setup is required. For example, if you want to combine vector engraving and raster engraving in the same design, it may be necessary to create separate files or assign different colors for each technique.

First published in 1982, AutoCAD is one of the most popular CAD software available today. Its extensive feature-set makes it a standard across a wide range of industries: architecture, engineering, graphic design, management, and others. Moreover, it saves its designs as vector files that can be used for laser engraving.

Learn more about this software for laser engraving: 2020 AutoCAD Free Download: Is There a Free Full Version?

Designed around parametric modeling, FreeCAD is a solid free CAD software. It offers a modular architecture that allows plugins to be mounted to the core application. This means FreeCAD can be used in widely different fields like architecture, engineering, robotics, and CAM.

Illustrator is Adobe’s go-to vector graphic software. The range of tools that this program offers is probably unprecedented. On the flip side, it takes extensive training until you can fully leverage on Illustrator’s capabilities and make good on your investment.

InkScape is a free vector software that has been actively developed since 2003, so you safely say that it is now a mature and reliable piece of vector software. It implements the complete SVG standard meaning your designs are not stuck in a proprietary format, but an open standard. Over the years, the toolset of InkScape has grown substantially. Today, it includes handy tools like image tracing, i.e., you can convert a raster file into a vector file automatically. InkScape is available for free download.

So, you want to know how you can improve your laser engravings? Here are a few tricks that will help achieve that goal.

There are a few hacks that allow you to get you started in no time. However, if you are earnest about #laser engraving#, then there is no way around measuring the focal point of your laser. We suggest that you test 10 to 15 increments of 1mm in the Z-axis. Prepare a series of files that contain a straight line and the value you are testing. Once your series of tests is complete, compare the results. You want the laser engraving with the thinnest solid line. Use this value for your future laser engravings.

The same applies to test the intensity of colors. Modern laser engraving machines can achieve a broad spectrum of shades. However, the appearance of the final engraving cannot always be deduced by looking at the raster file. By laser engraving, a grayscale matrix onto the desired material is an easy way to achieve predictable results, as you can “read” the intensity of shades on a scale from 0 (white) to 100 (black). Ideally, you should run this test for every material you want to laser engrave for the best possible results.

Laser engraving on materials, like wood and leather, can sometimes stain the surface surrounding the engraved area. While some makers like this “branded” look, it can be easily avoided. Protect the surface of the part using masking tape. The tape is so thin that it will not diminish the power of the laser much. If you feel that may be an issue, increase the laser power a few notches. After the laser engraver is done, peel the masking tape off your part.

Tidiness at the workplace should be a no-brainer. However, concerning laser engraving, we’re not merely talking about courtesy towards your co-workers. Materials like wood, plastics, or rubber leave large amounts of dust that may cause unwanted results like discolorations, burnt debris, or even distortions. Install an exhaust system that has the necessary capacities. This will take a lot of weight on your shoulders. However, it will not clean the entire machine. Hence, you should clean the laser engraver regularly by hand. You can remove most of the dust with a simply kitchen-cloth. You should also pay extra attention to the machine head and the laser lens. These components should be free from dust and smut at all times to avoid laser engraving mistakes. In case your part is smaller than the work platform, cover the rest with paper. This simple trick will increase the efficiency of your exhaust system and save you a lot of manual cleaning.

Templates are a safe and cost-effective way to laser engrave multiple parts in one process. They fasten the objects into fixed positions that are known to you and your laser engraving software. Hence, you are not bound to laser engrave objects one by one, but instead, you can process entire trays in one session.

Watch out for the volume of your workpieces. For thin objects, flat templates are sufficient to keep them in place. However, thick objects like pens require thicker templates to keep them from rolling away.

In case you work with a large number of different templates, make sure to write (or better laser engrave) the name of the graphics file in question on to the template. This will make it so much easier to match your tools in your daily work.

File small templates in folders to keep them safe and organized. Simply laser-cut holes, and they will be quickly at hand.

These days laser engravers come in all shapes and sizes. You can even start with a small desktop machine. But apart from the obvious difference in size, what do you need to look out for when choosing a laser engraving machine? Here is a list of criteria that will help you make up your mind.

Small laser engravers can be an excellent alternative to large industrial models. But this category of laser engravers has its own set of problems: the surface area that can be processed in these machines is much smaller – think a letter-size part, although many machines offer only half that size.

You should think twice, in case you are eyeing a crowdfunding laser engraver. Laser beams can cause irreparable harm to your eyes and skin if they are not expertly contained within the casings. These kits cannot ensure the same level of safety as laser engravers that have been assembled by professionals and rigorously tested.

Our advice is that as a beginner, you buy a machine that is already fully assembled. If you have already experience with laser engraving and know how to assemble technical devices safely, then, we hope that you are up to the task.

If the company behind your laser engraver should go bankrupt (not a rare event in the highly volatile crowdfunding world), you will be left without a supply of spare parts and expert knowledge for maintaining your machine.

Industrial grade laser engravers are not only expensive to buy, but they also entail high costs of maintenance. For example, the laser unit needs to be replaced every 5 to 6 years. In case you have bought an industrial-grade machine, this is not a quick replacement that you can do by yourself with a screwdriver. No, no, you have to send the entire device to the manufacturer.

The laser unit alone can cost up to 3000$, and on top of that, you have to pay for the working hours it takes to install it. So, before you decide to invest thousands of dollars into an industrial-grade laser engraver, make sure that you also have the money necessary for maintaining it.

Watch out for laser safety! Class 4 lasers can cause severe damage when operated irresponsibly. Assess your needs carefully before you make a decision. You will sleep easier if you buy a machine that is less powerful, but still does what you need.

Each class of lasers requires better eye protection. Do your research and find out whether the laser engraver you have in mind, includes the necessary glasses. If not, any responsible manufacturer will proactively tell you what laser class is built into the machines to allow buying the appropriate protective glasses in advance.

What kind of power connector does the machine require? Can you plug it into any socket in your office/workshop, or do you need a power line to operate it?

It’s clear that the laser unit takes a lot of power. However, some people are not aware of just how much power the other components consume. The cooling and air exhaustion modules will make themselves felt on your electricity bill. So do the math and try to calculate, if the benefit of setting up a laser engraver in your office or workshop is worth the costs.

Strong lasers require constant cooling, but there are important differences between the different solutions. How does the cooling unit of the laser work? Tubes that are made from metal/ceramic use air, and can last up to 5.5 years. However, they are substantially more expensive than cooling tubes made from glass. The latter uses water as a cooling agent. The downside of this method is a great deal of inconvenience since you need to place a bucket next to the laser engraver to catch the wastewater.

Laser engraving makes a lot of mess. Large amounts of dust are produced that can be harmful when breathed in. Hence, it is necessary to install an exhaust pipe to maintain a healthy environment in your workshop. This pipe requires a diameter large enough to remove all of the dust. Otherwise, the engraver remains a health hazard.

In addition, you should take into account that air filters produce a lot of noise that may distract you in case you are thinking of setting up a laser engraver in your office.

Although over the past few years, affordable desktop laser engraving machines have become available, you may still prefer handing the execution of your design over to a professional laser engraving service. There is a wide range of manufacturing services on the internet that offer both 3D printing and laser engraving.

Using a laser engraving service quite merely takes a large burden off your shoulders: You don’t need to worry about the intricacies of positioning your parts correctly in the work area, focusing the laser, and all the thousand other things that could go wrong. – The services listed below will engrave your workpieces to perfection.

The downside is that the actual setup of your laser engraving project can become quite abstract. To work correctly, the graphic files need to follow certain rules. Meaning you must upload your designs in the file formats this service supports. If you want to combine laser engraving with laser cutting, you also need to follow the color-coding of the different processes to get the desired result.

This service provides over 100 materials to choose from, allowing you to make anywhere from 1 to 100,000 laser engraving products, parts, or prototypes. Ponoko also offers same-day production and shipping, as well as design templates to ensure your idea is executed correctly.

This expansive design and manufacturing service offers laser cutting, 2D printing, 3D printing, and even design assistance. You can print ink designs on a card and have it laser cut to add a unique effect that stands out.

Offering CO2, Neodymium, Fiber, and other custom laser types, as a business unit of the medical component company Amtek, Laserage seems best equipped to take on projects in the medical sector. They also take on aerospace, electronics, and other industrial endeavors. This manufacturing service provides laser welding and drilling services, as well.

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Even 3D printing service bureaus like Sculpteo now offer laser engraving services as well. With over 60 possible material combinations, the French company claims to work around your workflow and template. If you have an idea that necessitates both 3D printing and laser engraving, Sculpteo is the service for you.

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