The laser machine is very accurate, plus or minus a fraction of a millimeter. This makes it possible to make intricate markings on glass in a relatively short period of time.
Like most things there are a few limitations. Two of these are aesthetic, the last is safety related.
- If the markings are too large it will wrap too far around a cylindrical object like glassware. While it will look great and allow a great amount of detail it will not be pleasing to the eye. Seeing the entire image will require rotating the glass, this is not optimal.
- If the markings are too small, it will at best lack detail and at worst look like a glob (that’s a technical laser guy term). This happens when too much etching placed on an object with relatively small engraving area.
- Lastly, the safety related limitation. When a laser comes in contact with PVC chlorine gas is released. Chlorine gas is nasty stuff, it was used (and has been subsequently banned) in chemical warfare. Therefore, if we are to work on any plastics we must be certain it contains no PVC. This information can be obtained from the manufacturer.
For more information: http://www.bt.cdc.gov/agent/
That’s it for the limitations. So, what is possible? Anything else you can imagine! There is one reality of business however – time is money.
Can we place an image on one side of a glass and text on the opposite side? You bet we can, but that will take longer than putting everything on one side of the glass and … time is money.
Can we etch a glass all the way around the circumference? Yes, but that will take longer than marking only one side of the glass and … time is money.
We will gladly quote your project a number of ways and for a small fee produce a proof so you can evaluate the cost/benefit of different options. That proof fee is refunded when you place an order and will be deducted from your total due.