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2019 Laser Engraving Report

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30 l Laser Engraving Report 2019 • I was hesitant when I took my first order for lasering a customer's tumbler. They are more expensive than glassware and problems can be costly. However, I did learn to do it over time despite having some prob- lems on customers' products, which did cost me. (As a result of my endeavors, I have a few nice tumblers at home, the gym, and in my car.) I have never had enough orders to laser round objects to justify the expense and the learning curve of a rotary device, so I laser them without a rotary device. I have come up with a set of guidelines that allow me to accept most orders and get good results without one. TUMBLER BRANDS I have generally had good results with a variety of brand name tumblers. I have run across several tumblers that have had uneven coatings where some portions were thick and did not get removed completely from lasering no matter how many passes I made. There is always a risk lasering a cus- tomer's product, so we always warn them about the risks; most understand. I have lasered Hydro Flask, Takeya, and Monoprice Emperor without issue. We sell Polar Camels, which are made for lasering and always turn out great. I always stick to industry-supplied products whenever I can, By Bob Hagel Bob Hagel and h i s w i f e D a n a own Eagle's Mark Awards & Signs, offering a full line of personalized products using laser engraving, sand etching, and full-color UV direct print on products. They have offered awards, recognition, and signage products to organizations for more than a decade in the Southern California wine country. He can be reached at Laser Engraving Metal Tumblers Without a Rotary Device as I know they will laser well and toxicity is never a problem. Plus, there is a lot more profit selling your own personalized products. ARTWORK Lasering out large design portions of the tumbler's surface area may result in a haze the color of the coating. A second pass may remove the haze or at least most of it. Try to keep these large areas to a minimum to reduce second or third passes and results that are less than satisfactory. As the coatings are fairly thick, lasering details may be somewhat compromised. For instance, lasering out a background that leaves text standing alone will look thinner than in your graphics program. Also, if the contrast between the coating and the steel sub-surface is not high, thin lines don't stand out and thin text may be hard to read. This is especially true for script text where very thin lines are a portion of a letter. Use thicker text than you might ordinarily use or place an outline or stroke around the text. Just don't make the stroke so thick that you lose much of the inside of the letters. When an order contains artwork with a lasered out background leaving thin text to stand out, I see if I can reverse the artwork, so the outline of the graphic, as well as A single-tier tumbler with a large surface available for engraving. Seen here is portrait position. ALL IMAGES COURTESY BOB HAGEL A tumbler outline with a laserable area in landscape position.

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