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Laser Glass Etching

Engraving on glass and crystal can produce stunning results.

From engraving the names of the bride and groom on wedding champagne flutes to etching a company logo on a set of beer mugs and beyond, glass etching and engraving creates a sense of sophistication and beauty that is very popular among consumers.

CO2 laser engraving equipment generally offers a quicker and more convenient alternative to traditional glass engraving techniques, such as sandblasting, which necessitates the creation of a template prior to starting the project.While engraved and etched glassware is in huge demand, depending on the type and lead content, glass is typically a very delicate material to work with.

3D Laser Etched Art Crystal

But don't let the delicacy of the material dissuade you from glass engraving and etching – just keep the following tips and tricks in mind when working with glass and crystal and you'll produce the results that keep customers coming back for more.

Glassware Options

First, you might find it easier to work with "everyday" glassware as opposed to crystal. Crystal contains a greater amount of lead, which retains heat very well (too well for a laser!). When you use a CO2 laser to engrave glass, the surface is heated as the laser beam blasts away delicate glass particles. If the glass is unable to cool down adequately, as is sometimes the case with crystal, the markings expand in size, which can produce a distorted look.

Avoid a Second Pass

Prior to running any glass engraving job, it's very important to test your speed and power settings on the type of glass you'll be using. Determining the perfect settings will ensure the machine produces exactly the look you want and will help you avoid having to run the project through a second time. Keep in mind the more times you run the same design on glass the more blurry it will become, so its crucial to determine the correct settings before you start.