Laser Engraving vs CNC Engraving

Laser engraving is a high-precision process that when performed at professional quality, offers a well-optimized visual presentation and user efficiency. However, many businesses and users teeter between CNC engraving and laser. Here are a few tips from Plastic Depot to ensure you maintain the highest quality products and maximize your workplace production in an affordable, efficient manner. 

Laser engraving projects

The versatility of your project expectations will depend on the material choice. Two-tone plastics are one of our personal bread and butter materials, while we can also operate with metal. In the case of metal projects, 3D images can be better represented with a bit more precision through laser engraving. CNC engraving will operate similarly, there’s just that added level of detail and precision when it comes to laser engraving.

Efficiency and getting a quick turnaround

Laser engraving is a great route to also improve the turnaround on projects. Whether it be for work in bulk or a smaller load, you’ll see dividends paid in how quickly you can move on to the next steps.

Is it necessary the entire piece remains legible?

Of course, the expectation is that all etchings and engravings are made with the intention of staying legible. However, you are likely pursuing engraving because you expect your pieces to be under duress from harsher conditions. Processing treatments are huge contributors to the legibility and potentially harming the original piece, which is a major reason why many designers elect to go with laser engraving primarily.

If you have questions on how to proceed with your project expectations and what standard your engraving will be made at, we’d love to speak with you. We can customize our services and offers to ensure that you are getting the right information and service for your work. We’re really looking forward to speaking with you soon!