If you’re looking to add your imprint to a custom promotional product, laser engraved gifts are a strong option. Find out the unique benefits engraved promotional products can deliver, engraving tips that make the most out of your imprint, and the best laser engraved gifts for your next event or campaign.
Engraving is marking a design onto a hard surface by cutting grooves into it with a steel tool or chisel. Engraving methods include hand, machine, rotary, and laser. Laser engraving uses a hot beam of light to cut by melting or vaporizing away the surface of the material. Unlike hand engraving, laser engraving requires an investment of time, space, and machinery. It’s the most popular engraving method today for gifts and giveaways because it’s cost-effective, fast, efficient, and versatile. This makes laser engraved gifts an easy way to add elegance and staying power to merch.
Laser engraving adds a permanence to your branding that gives it extra importance and makes your gift more meaningful. Popular occasions for an engraved promotional product include anniversaries, reunions, employee recognition, and high value clients.
Laser Engraving adds a decided sophistication to your promotional gift. Leverage the sleek look of your laser engraved branding by keeping these engravings tips in mind:
The best materials for laser engraved gifts are metal, rubber, glass, and wood. You’ll see that many of our engraved pens feature a soft touch rubberized finish with anodized aluminum underneath. This means your custom imprint is engraved into the soft touch finish, revealing your logo in the color of the underlying metal—usually silver, gold, or mirror. This process enhances contrast and gives you many more color options for your pen, pen set, or other laser engraved giveaways.
For all the DIY’ers out there, you might be wondering what laser engraving materials you’ll need to laser engrave your special message on that special something from the comfort of your own home, or garage, or workshop, or industrial park. Our best advice? Stop right there!
Although tool engraving can be done with a $5 chisel, laser engraving requires materials and equipment that run the gamut! There are three primary forms of laser engraving: diode (semiconductor) laser, fiber laser, and CO2 laser. CO2 is the most common and here’s an example of the associated costs of DIY: a CO2 laser engraving machine ($2,000 at the very least), CO2 laser water cooling system (from $30 for a water pump to $600 for an industrial water chiller), a ventilation system to remove smoke, soot, and other airborne debris (sample costs could include a duct fan for $70 and a fume extractor for $200); and laser software ($60 to $120). Lastly, don’t forget a dedicated electric circuit with a breaker, plus enough space for your laser and supporting machinery. Oh, yes, and the materials you’ll engrave on, like glass, wood, rubber, tile, and anodized metals.
The good news? Today it’s remarkably cost- and time-efficient to have your promotional products laser engraved just the way you want them and delivered right to your door—no equipment required!
Tip: For a brief timeline of engraving plus how to pick the best engraved promotional pen, check out this blog: Engraved Ink Pens & Types of Engraving for Promotional Pens.
If you’re looking for laser engraved gifts to enhance your special event, recognize employees, welcome new customers, or thank donors to your non-profit, these product categories offer excellent laser engraving options while also being favorite products among recipients:
Today’s technology and economies of scale make laser engraved gifts an affordable option for budgets of all sizes and occasions of all kinds. Enjoy the added style and substance of a laser engraved gift, and the lasting visibility an engraved imprint delivers.
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