We now offer etching/engraving services on mild steel, stainless, copper, brass, aluminum, and titanium. Please note we require a minimum quantity of 20 identical units or more for etching. This service is available through a custom quote, contact us using the link below.
We've included everything you need to know to get started etching and engraving. If you have questions, please contact us.
Single-Line vs Filled-Area
Only have a raster file?
Define what areas are to be etched by using a different color than you do for the cut areas. In the example above, the gray area defines what is to be cut and the red area defines what is to be etched.
If your software allows it, place areas to be engraved on a separate layer from areas to be cut.
Make sure your art is scaled 1:1, in inches. In other words, your art should be sent to us at the exact size you want it cut and etched.
We'll help you every step of the way in setting up your parts for engraving. Follow the guidelines below to ensure your file is ready to go.
We require a minimum of 20 identical parts for filled-area laser etching/engraving.
For etching with filled areas and intricate designs, the maximum part size is 24"x24” (all metals)For simple outline-only etching in mild and stainless steel, maximum part size is 47"x119”
Spacing and Bleed
Things to Note
Etching is created with heat. We change the color of the base metal using precise pulses of heat from the laser, therefore the “depth” of the etching is minimal, perhaps .001” of an inch. We can “deep etch” or laser-engrave too, which is a more time consuming process. Depending on the material, we can achieve .005” - .015” of depth. Deep etching is available on materials .125” thick or greater.
Heat is generated in large filled areas, so thin metals will tend to warp. If you have a lot of “fill” use materials .125” or thicker.