Awards & Engraving

March '16

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A&E MARCH 2016 • a-e-mag.com 19 www.LaserBits.com • 800.733.7705 Anodized Pens TM • Fade resistant anodized finish • Engraves sharp • Many colors to choose from • Always in stock Laser Engraving art of sandcarving, you need to read the articles from fellow A&E contributing writer, Ruth Dobbins. She is truly an expert when it comes to sandcarving. So why laser engrave glass, then? The simple reason is that it is a time saver. When laser engraving glass, you can bypass preparing masks, taping off the mask, and then cleaning off the masks. In addition, you do not have to worry about the center of an "A" blowing off during the sandblasting stage. That being said, I think a lot of people prefer the look of sandblasted graphics to laser engraved graphics. But is your client willing to pay extra for the elegance of sandblasting? If they are not, then laser engraving glass may be right for you. As I men- tioned previously, the time savings with laser engraving glass are hard to ignore. Once you have created your graphics on the computer, simply prepare the laser to hold your glass piece. After that, it is a matter of laser marking the glass, and violá, you are done. The problem with laser engraving glass is that it essentially creates little shards of glass when the laser beam hits the surface of the glass. When the laser fires on the surface of the glass, it creates miniature explosions that fracture the glass and cause the shards to be visible. These glass shards can be unpredictable and affect the quality of the laser engraved graphics. WET NEWSPAPER One of the first techniques I learned about laser engraving glass was to use wet newspaper. Take some scrap newspaper and soak it in water. Lay down the wet piece of newspaper where the laser will engrave. When you laser, you are not only burning through the wet newspaper, but

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