What is the Laser Engraving?

What is the Laser Engraving?


If you’re a fan of Parks and Rec, you’ll remember when Andy was shadowing different college classes to take and he was seriously disappointed in the Intro to Laser class that he would not be getting to play with lasers.


We, however, get to play with lasers all day. Laser engraving is a physical process that involves a beam of light being emitted through an optical amplification process and uses a series of mirrors and lenses that reflect that light and burns through the surface of the material that is being engraved causing a permanent change in the surface.

We regularly get asked how much it would cost to get something “etched”. There's actually a difference between etching and engraving! Admittedly, I (Caitlin) had no clue what the difference was before I started running the lasers myself. 

There’s a lot of fancy words and science behind all of it and it honestly gets kind of boring. Both use different processes and produce very different results. Quickest way to understand the difference. As mentioned above laser engraving = a physical process. Laser etching on the other hand is a chemical process

You can see and feel the indent of the engraving. Etching on the other hand, sweeps across the surface of material and leaves a high contrast marking by burning just the surface layer. There is no depth to the blind eye but a visible difference on the surface. 

The reason we only offer engraving comes down to durability. We want to make sure whatever you gift your friends, family, team member, or clients lasts and we wouldn’t be able to offer that same quality with etching! 

Have more questions? Shoot us an email at info@coatedandengraved.com!

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