LIGHT ETCH/LASER ENGRAVING PROCESS
Laser etching, or light/surface etching, involves the item being placed in an apparatus which fires a laser beam at high tempturatures and high speeds, burning away the surface of the material. The result varies based on the substrate’s resistance to heat. This process is most suitable for wood, leather and acrylic.
DEEP ETCH/SANDBLASTING PROCESS
Sandblasting, also known as deep etching, utilizes a pressurized stream of sand particles to carve away the surface of the substrate. The result is a deep, uniformly frosted engraving. Sandblasting is best for crystal and glass items, and is our standard engraving process for most of our awards.
GLASS COLOR FILL PROCESS
Color Fill is the process by which we paint into the engraved surface of an award or gift. Color fill can be used to draw attention to parts of your award, or to act as contrast when engraving into a dark or black glass. If the item was engraved via sandblasting, the stencil is left on to provide an easy guide for filling in the engraved areas with color. Gold and silver fill are the quickest to apply and fastest to dry. All other colors must be applied slowly and take much longer to dry – up to a day.
FULL COLOR UV PRINT PROCESS
UV printing allows for fast, full color printing onto almost any smooth surface. The ink adheres best to slightly porous materials that are still flat and rigid. UV ink does not fade like many other prints; the ultraviolet light only hardens the ink further.