Engraving & Design
When it HAS to be special, you want to know that your award, gift or sign was made by someone who takes the time to do it right and cares about the final product. Every bit of our work is proofed at least twice and not just for correctness but also for design.
We are quite picky about which method we use for a given order as it needs to be the method (sand carving, rotary engraving, laser engraving or sublimation) that will create the best outcome. This is why we’re committed to rotary engraving metal – it has texture and sparkle that is simply not achievable with the quicker laser process. We sand carve glass because it has depth and clarity not possible with the other processes. Plastics, acrylics, leather, and wood are wonderful laser engraved.
We love offbeat jobs - it keeps us on our toes and interested. Sometimes customers come to us not knowing what they want and others have the idea clearly defined. Either way works and the process is often lots of fun.
Requires us to have black and white artwork, it is an expensive process involving a mask, transfer print, careful application and manual directing of sand at the mask. Sounds pretty simple but it requires the highest skill level.
Rotary or Diamond Engraving
Engraving with a diamond is challenging because it gives us only 2 colors to work with - the background and the material underneath. That’s what makes the software we use so amazing - we can create different cutting paths in lieu of the colors in a logo or graphic. Years are usually required to master this but the results can be exciting.
Laser engraving also generally requires us to have black and white artwork. Our laser is great for wood, plastics, acrylics, bricks, and some glass. We don’t laser metal as it looks much better with the rotary process. While lasering uses the same graphics program as sublimation, much more machine skills is required.
Sublimation allows us to go wild with color! But photos or drawings still must be high resolution. It involves the same graphics program as the laser and we make a transfer that is then embedded into specially treated metal, plastic, ceramics or glass. It is the least expensive of the techniques we use.