Laser engraving is a process where a laser machine is used to engrave letters and designs in various types of materials. This technology is used in a vast variety of applications, including the use of laser technology to engrave signs. Other applications include engraving photographs, cabinetry and trophies. Building signage is one of the most popular applications of laser engraving and allows store owners to create their own signage with ease. This allows stores to clearly display their store name and list of services to potential customers.
Other applications of building signage include banks, schools and hospitals where signage plays an important role. In these areas, signage is vital to help direct people to different areas of the building and help them find rooms with ease.
Engraving materials for laser processing
As mentioned, laser engraving can be used to engrave a wide variety of materials. However the most common material used when engraving signs or name tags is usually a bi-layer plastic sheet which is also referred to as a micro-surfaced plastic sheet. The top layer is a thin but highly durable film that is designed to be worn away during the engraving process. This layer vapourises at a fast rate during the engraving process. This means dust doesn't collect on the surface, requiring minimum cleaning efforts.
This layer can be made in various colours and finishes, including glossy and matte. The inner material is mostly an acrylic-based core that is most suited for laser engraving. This material is also used because it is UV stable, making it long lasting.
For any type of signage, it is important to first select the right type of material before commencing the engraving process.
Advantages of laser engraving for signage
The major advantage of using laser engraving for signage is that it produces the most clear and legible writing on signs that can be easily read. The signs are also long lasting and will last for years to come without wearing out. Businesses can also choose from a variety of colours, finishes and materials to stand out from other businesses and attract potential customers. Clear signage is not only important for businesses but is also essential for buildings such as hospitals where areas need to be found urgently to help save people's lives. Laser engraving has allowed this process to be simplified.
Businesses should specify whether their signage is to be used indoors or outdoors before ordering laser engraved signage.