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Subsurface Engraving (Using green cone laser)

The Photo Conversion and Laser Process

  1. Browse through our store and select your crystal.
  2. During your product selection and checkout, you can upload your photo, image, and the text that you want on the product. If your photo isn't readily available, you can wait and Email your photo after purchase - just reference your order number, so we know which photo goes with which order! 
  3. Our skilled graphics technicians will use highly specialized software to convert your 2D photo into a lifelike 3D image. This 3D image is then converted into a "point cloud". A point cloud is a series of hundreds of thousands of very small dots, each with unique X (horizontal position), Y (vertical position), and Z (depth) coordinates accurate to a thousandth of a millimeter.
  4. We load the point cloud into our high-tech laser machine. Based on the X, Y, and Z coordinates of each individual dot, the laser head positions itself, and shoots a laser beam into the crystal with the exact amount of strength required to make a micro-crack in the crystal that appears as a small dot, thousands of a millimeter wide. The surface of the crystal remains unblemished during this process.
  5. We add text in the location, size, and font that you desire, and verify the quality of the product.
  6. Your custom 2D or 3D crystal is carefully packaged and delivered to your door. Satisfaction guaranteed or your money back.
  7. We can usually get products in the mail within 1-2 Business Days, with longer turnaround times possible during Holiday seasons.

 Click here to see a video of the Laser Machine creating a 3D Photo Crystal. It's a crystal of a little league baseball player holding a bat - Made from a custom baseball player's card.

There are 2 different functions that our CO2 Laser can perform - Raster Engracing, and Vector Cutting.

Surface Engraving (Using CO2 Laser)

For Raster engraving, our CO2 Lasers operate in much the same way that an inkjet printer works. A bitmap image is sent to the laser, and the laser head starts at the upper left hand corner of the image, going back and forth and firing the laser, just like an inkjet. We also have a rotary attachment, that will allow us to etch an image around the circumference of a glass, wine glass, cups and mugs, water bottles, wine bottles, etc.

Materials that we can Raster Engrave include:

  • Acrylics and some plastics
  • Metals (Coated, non-coated, and annodized)
  • Granite, Marble, and non-porous stone
  • Glass (Flat or round objects such as glasses and wine bottles)
  • Wood
  • Leather
  • Latex Rubber (for custom ink stamps)

Vector Cutting (Using CO2 Laser)

For Vector Cutting, the CO2 Laser follows a path around a solid line, moving much slower than in Raster Engraving.

Materials that we can Vector Cut include:

  • Plastics:
    • ABS (acrylonitrile butadiene styrene)
    • Acrylic (also known as Plexiglas, Lucite, PMMA)
    • Acrylite
    • Delrin (POM, acetal)
    • Kapton tape (Polyimide)
    • Mylar (polyester)
    • Perspex
    • PETG (polyethylene terephthalate glycol)
    • Plexiglas
    • Polypropylene (PP) – melts somewhat
    • Styrene
    • Two-tone acrylic – top color different than core material, usually for custom instrumentation panels, signs, and plaques.
  • Foam:
    • Depron foam – often used for RC planes.
    • EPM
    • Gator foam – foam core gets burned and eaten away compared to the top and bottom hard shell.
  • Other:
    • Cloths (leather, suede, felt, hemp, cotton)
    • Magnetic sheets
    • Papers
    • Rubbers (only if they do not contain chlorine)
    • Teflon (PTFE, Polytetrafluoroethylene) 
    • Woods (MDF, balsa, birch, poplar, red oak, cherry, holly, etc.) 

Materials we cannot laser cut

We do not cut the following materials:

  • Metals – we can engrave metal, but we cannot cut it.
  • Polycarbonate (PC, Lexan)
  • Polyethylene (PE) – melts badly
  • Any material containing chlorine
  • PVC (Cintra) – contains chlorine
  • Vinyl – contains chlorine
  • Glass – we can engrave glass, but we cannot cut it.
  • Fiberglass
  • Printed circuit board (FR4 and other material types)
  • Carbon fiber
  • High density polyethylene (HDPE) – melts badly
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