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Eight Major Problems In Laser Engraving

Sep 19, 2018

For companies that use laser engraving machines for a long time or DIY enthusiasts, there will always be more or fewer problems in contact with laser engraving. For different materials, the parameters and methods of laser engraving are also different. So how do you adjust these to achieve the desired effect? Give you a little advice on different materials and how to use the machine.

1. Some engraving suggestions on solid wood and hardwood?

When carving hardwood, we recommend covering the surface of the wood to reduce the infiltration of residue into the engraving area and to be easy to clean.

Use the engraving mode from bottom to top. In the laser software we use, you can change the working mode of the laser head, allowing you to engrave from bottom to top instead of the usual top to bottom engraving. This has the advantage of reducing smoke and debris from being drawn into the engraved area as the laser head moves.

After the engraving is completed, use some degreasing agent to clean it. Because the hardwood gum is black when it is burned at high temperatures.

2. Can you really carve glass? What are the skills?

The first thing to know is that not all glass is flat. Although you may think that you need to buy some more expensive and more expensive glass to get better results, it is not the case. We have many customers who use the glassware of the wholesaler to engrave, but the engraving effect is also very good.

laser engraving  on glass

For the engraving glass we give you some advice:

Using a lower resolution, you can get better results with about 300DPI;

Change the black in the graphic to 80% black to improve the quality of the engraving.

We found that laying a wet tissue on the glass helps to dissipate heat and improve the quality of the engraving, but make sure the paper is not wrinkled.

Use a finger or paper towel to apply a thin layer of soap to the area to be engraved, which also helps to dissipate heat;

Use Scotch-Brite or similar items to polish the engraved area to remove glass fragments.

3. What should you pay attention to when carving on plywood (plywood) or light wood?

This material is more suitable for use in the field of cutting rather than engraving because the texture of the plywood may be uneven and there are different layers of glue inside. When you are carving on it, the material is very important, uneven, or a lot of glue especially less will affect the engraving effect. Of course, if you find a better quality plywood, the engraving effect is still very good, such as woodcut painting.

laser engraving on wood

4. I want to expand my business to leather. Is this difficult?

Laser engraving or cutting leather can be, and we also have a lot of customers in this industry, want to customize the wallet, handbag LOGO.

5. What is the best setting for carving artificial leather?

This will depend on your machine and wattage, but you can find the laser parameter table in our machine operation manual. If in doubt, you can start the test yourself at a relatively high speed and low power. Because of this, as long as you don't move your material, you can sculpt again until you get the effect you want.

laser engraving on leather

6. I hate wasting materials. What are the cool projects that laser engraving machines can use for waste?

Using scrap is a great idea not only to create new projects but also to use scrap to test more challenging engravings such as photos. We have seen many customers using waste to make a variety of things, such as small acrylic lighting signs, accessories, labels and more.

7 How to properly maintain my machine? How long should I clean my machine?

A maintenance plan is provided in our machine manual that lists the items to be performed and the frequency of maintenance performed, as detailed in our user manual. The main maintenance items: one is the cleaning of the machine; the other is the cleaning of the optical lens. Cleaning the optical lens helps ensure that the laser produces the most accurate engraving and cutting results.

8. Can I use a laser engraving machine to invest in the apparel industry?

Definitely. Laser laser machines can cut and directly engrave a variety of textiles. We have a lot of users who are carving jeans, hollowing out fabrics and so on.

laser engraving on leather