Awards & Engraving

October '19

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56 • A&E OCTOBER 2019 T umblers are a popular item right now, with many businesses using them as promotional products with their logo laser engraved on them. This how-to article walks you through the process to laser engrave a logo on a powder- coated stainless-steel tumbler. Materials Needed: • Laser engraving machine with rotary attachment (used here is a 60-watt Epilog Helix) Laser Setup Steps: 1. The first thing that you need to have for your laser engraver is a rotary attachment. The rotary attachment holds the tumbler and allows it to rotate as it is being engraved. If you have a clamp on your rotary setup, I recommend using it for tumblers. The clamp holds the tumbler in place and makes sure it rotates properly. Incorrect rotation leads to distorted engraving of the logos and wasted product, time, and money. 2. Once you have your tumbler placed in the rotary attachment, level the tum- bler and focus the laser to the surface of the tumbler. If the tumbler is not level, you will get a distorted image when engraving. After these steps are complete, set the X-axis of the laser to center position of where you would like your logo to appear on the tumbler. Graphic Setup Steps: 1. Once you have the tumbler set up properly in the laser, send your art- work to the laser. Before you send your image, make sure it is properly sized and oriented in your computer file. Usually this means rotating it 90 degrees on the computer screen. Make sure that the artwork is black and white in the RGB color palette. By Braden Todd, Glassmith2 Try This: How to Laser Engrave a Tumbler with Logo Braden Todd is a second-generation engraver and owner of Glassmith2, located in Boulder, Colorado. Braden's expertise ranges from sandcarving, industrial laser cutting/engraving, UV printing, and the other supporting facets that allow Glassmith2 to con- sistently provide cutting-edge items to its retail and wholesale customers. Questions and wholesale inquiries are always welcome: Once you have your tumbler placed in the rotary attachment, level the tumbler and focus the laser to the surface of the tumbler. ALL IMAGES COURTESY BRADEN TODD Double check your setup, make sure all fans/filters are turned on, and hit go. Since these will be used for drinking, we recommend another thorough cleaning. The final product.

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