Glass and Crystal laser engraving and etching
Laser engraving of glass offers incredible design freedom. Even the most detailed photos and images are engraved with high precision on wine glasses, beer glasses, bottles or mirrors. Every design that can be printed on glass can also be etched with the laser.
Glass types suitable for laser engraving
- Pressed glass
- Float glass
- Crystal glass
- Mirror glass
How does laser engraving work on glass?
A glass etching with the laser is very simple. The material is etched directly during laser engraving. No pattern needs to be produced, such as sand blasting. So designing, converting to the laser, placing glass and starting with laser engraving.
Which result can I obtain with laser engraving on glass?
Laser engraving of glass can be compared to the "matting" of the material. Only the surface of the glass is etched. With the fine laser beam it is possible to engrave even the most detailed photos, texts and logos.
How does engraving work on bottles or crystal?
For the laser engraving of glass, drinking glasses, wine glasses, beer glasses or bottles are clamped in a circular engraving extension of the CO2 laser. This makes it possible to engrave the entire circumference. The software perfectly supports the engraving of glass. All you have to do is define the diameter of the glass and the height of the image.
Can the laser also be used for cutting glass?
Laser cutting of glass is not possible because the surface of glass reflects.
Suitable laser machines - CO2 laser machines
For cutting wood, leather, and a large number of plastics, you need a CO2 laser machine. Important things to keep in mind are: what is the maximum size of the object that I want to cut out, that determines the size of your worktop and what is the maximum thickness that has to be cut that determines the laser power you need.
Glass engraving with more detail and higher resolution - UV lasers
Over the years we have noticed that in addition to the somewhat coarser glass engraving as can be obtained with a CO2, more industrial users need finer engraving with more detail and a higher resolution. This can be achieved with MetaQuip's UV lasers. This machine works with a different wavelength, so that glassware can be engraved with more precision and control. Here are two examples. By using a 3D laser head it is also possible to engrave curved or round objects. This is done at high speed so that it can also be used industrially. For more information about MetaQuip UV lasers, go to the UV laser product page.