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What is Laser Etching & Engraving

Both laser etching and laser engraving fall under the general category of laser marking. Laser etching and engraving are similar in that they produce permanent markings that are presented when a laser removes material from the surface of an object.

These versatile part marking methods can be used on almost any material, making them an ideal solution for a variety of industries requiring permanent markings for part identification and tracing.


What is the difference between laser etching and laser engraving?

The terms laser etching and laser engraving are often used interchangeably, but there are some important differences between the two.

The little difference between these techniques is the depth of the mark. As the depth of the laser etched marketing increases, it is often considered engraving followed by deep engraving.

The method you select depends on the type of mark you want to achieve. Some post-processing applications, such as a Cerakote finish, require a greater marking depth to ensure the quality and legibility of the mark.


What is the Laser Process

The laser source generates a precise beam of light with the thickness of a hair, which heats and vaporizes material at the focus point.


The advantages are:

  • Non-contact: The laser technology overcomes the hardness of the product and allows to make a fine marking at a high speed. The finished piece has no damage from machining.
  • Flexible: It is suitable for all kinds of projects, from a simple aesthetic engraving to the hard engraving work.
  • Economic and environmentally friendly: There is no use of harmful substances such as solvents, inks or other chemical products.
  • Creative Explosion: The creative possibilities are endless.



Almost all materials meet the lasering capability. For the time being we will only focus on Metals and Plastics.


The possibilities

As mentioned before, the possibilities are endless. From text to images, to entire templates, the laser can handle it. Yet there are also limitations.

  • The Laser has a maximum working surface of 200 mm x 200 mm
  • Only 1D or black and white images are possible. This is because the laser sees no difference in color. This is not to say that we cannot apply colors. Eg a multi-layered Cerakote can help with this.
  • With plastics there is no guarantee for a deeper engraving. Etching always works, however.
  • Every material is different. This can mean a difference in cost.

Do you want to start a project or assignment. We always look at the possibilities.


Cost price laser engraving

  • A one-time set cost of 10 Euro per design
  • Per minute burning time, 1.20 Euro


Making a basic design:

  • cost 30 euros
  • all black and white images are eligible. (No pictures)

When submitting your own svg file, or if we have to work with text for engraving, this design cost will be canceled. For text you can choose a desired font.



(Depending on the design size and materials)

Etching: 1 min - 5 min
Engraving: (~ 0.20mm) 5min - 20min
Deep Engraving: 20 min - ...