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Posted on 17 Feb 2020

Mistakes to Avoid for Becoming an Engraving Specialist

Engraving technology brings outstanding results on the material engraved when the process is done with precision, care and expertise. During the process of engraving experienced engraving specialist can also make a mistake if he gets careless at any step. On the other hand, novice engineers can also make a significant impact by offering their astute engraving services. For the reference of an engineer offering laser engraving in UK, it is necessary to take special care of the following 5 common mistakes sometimes committed during laser engraving to become an astute engraving specialist:

1. Material awareness: You must be knowing that special materials are used for every project of laser engraving by various laser engraving companies in UK or in every corner of the world. Despite taking special materials, the laser can burn the material like fabric, etc. Thus, before beginning the laser engraving service on any material, the engineer should be aware of the strength of the material to figure out the extent to which it can tolerate the speed and the power of the laser engraver. The best way is to start with low speed and power and try different combinations preferably on a spare piece of the material. 

2. Rough glass finish: When laser engraving London is done on the glass to give it frosted appearance, at times rough finish or chipped surface is produced which no one wants. So, after completing laser engraving on glass, check the result thoroughly. In order to ensure a smooth frost finish, the engraving specialist can strategically use laser technology. Besides using a lower resolution, 80% black in the graphic and running laser engraver with Jarvis Dithering pattern, you can polish the engraved area with a non-scratch scour pad to ensure smooth frost finish. 

3. Desired output: You should be clear of the output you want on the material undergoing laser engraving service in UK. This will help you to select the material for engraving and adjusting the engraver and other technicalities according to the desired output. For example, if you want a frosted white finish after laser engraving on acrylic then choosing cast acrylic sheets is a better option because extruded acrylic doesn't produce a frosted look and instead gives clear engraving. However, if you want flame-polished edges for your output then extruded acrylic is a better option over cast acrylic. 

4. Wood engraving: Different types of woods react differently to one to one laser engravers. Lighter woods like Cherry and Maple can be burned in the desired design easily as compared to denser woods like Oak. Lighter woods produce a smoother finish. To reduce smoke and debris in the process of engraving bare wood, start engraving from the bottom up. A damp cloth can be used to wipe off excess smoke and debris from the surface of the stained wood after laser engraving London or elsewhere. In brief, we can say that the laser engraving specialist should know the wood type and engraving strategies over it. If he is doubtful of the wood type then doing homework before beginning the wood engraving service on the product is recommended because overconfidence or the carelessness to miss the homework may spoil the project.

Ignoring Cleanliness: Another common mistake that engraving specialists do is by not maintaining their laser engraving machine. It is essential to regularly inspect and clean the optics. Doing the special cleaning after the project which produces more residues is a good practice to enable the laser engraving machine to function properly and give the best results.