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Crystal Laser Engraving

In the world of precision artistry and customisation, crystal laser engraving has emerged as a remarkable technique that combines cutting-edge technology with creativity. By utilising the principles of laser energy, crystals are transformed into unique pieces of art, capturing intricate designs and personalised messages with outstanding precision.

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The Science Behind Crystal Laser Engraving

Crystal laser engraving relies on the interaction between high-intensity laser beams and the crystal’s surface. When a laser beam of optimum wavelength strikes the crystal, its energy is absorbed by the material, leading to localised heating and vaporisation. This controlled vaporisation creates minuscule etchings on the crystal’s surface, resulting in detailed and visually stunning engravings.

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The Process

UV: The Optimal Laser Wavelength for Crystal

Crystal laser engraving is a process that transforms raw materials into intricate, personalised works of art. From the initial design conception to the final presentation, each step involves a delicate balance of technology, craftsmanship, and creativity. UV offers many advantages for marking crystal over other wavelengths; however, the result will depend on the specific properties of the crystal being marked and the desired outcome you want to achieve. Let’s look at some of the reasons why UV is best suited for marking crystal…

High Energy Density
UV lasers have high photon energy due to their short wavelength. This high energy density is beneficial for precisely removing material from the crystal surface through processes like ablation or photochemical reactions. This is particularly useful for achieving fine, intricate markings without causing excessive damage to the surrounding material.

Higher Resolution
The shorter wavelength of UV light allows for higher resolution marking, which is crucial when dealing with small crystals or intricate designs. This enables the creation of fine details and small text, enhancing the visual appeal and readability of the marks.

Less Susceptibility to Scatter and Absorption
In certain crystals, longer-wavelength lasers might suffer from scattering or absorption losses due to the crystal’s structure or composition. UV light, with its shorter wavelength, is less prone to these issues, leading to more efficient and precise marking.

Reduced Heat-Affected Zone
UV lasers generate minimal heat when interacting with crystals. This is important because excessive heat can cause structural changes, defects, or unwanted thermal stress within the crystal lattice. UV lasers’ reduced heat generation helps maintain the crystal’s integrity and minimises thermal damage.

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Crystal Laser Engraving

The applications of crystal laser engraving are diverse. From personal keepsakes to corporate gifts, this technique adds a touch of sophistication and uniqueness to various items. Here are some notable applications:

Personalised Gifts
Crystal laser engraving transforms ordinary objects like keyrings, pendants and photo frames into cherished keepsakes. Engraving a loved one’s name, a special date, or a unique message adds a personal touch that makes the gift truly one-of-a-kind.

Awards and Trophies
Crystal awards and trophies can be truly elevated by laser technology. Laser-engraved logos, texts, and intricate designs add a prestigious touch to these items.

Wedding and Anniversary Keepsakes
Crystals engraved with couples’ names, wedding dates, or romantic quotes make for exceptional wedding favours and anniversary gifts, helping you to remember the special moment many years later.

Corporate Branding
Companies utilise crystal laser engraving to create branded promotional products, from paperweights to executive gifts. The precision and beauty of laser engraving reflect a commitment to quality.

3D Engravings
With advancements in laser technology, 3D laser engravings within crystals have become possible. This innovation allows for intricate 3D designs, such as portraits and architectural replicas, to be etched inside the crystal block.



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Crystal laser engraving marries cutting-edge technology with artistic expression, resulting in unique creations that bridge the gap between innovation and craftsmanship. Whether it’s cherished gifts or corporate branding products, we’ve got the right crystal laser engraving machine for you and your business.

As one of the first commercially available UV laser marking machines, the Meta-C UV is able to mark practically anything. Designed to serve the commercial and industrial sectors, built with our time-tested Meta-C chassis, with a projected working life of over 15 years.

Beam Delivery Laser Type Power (W)
3D (3-Axis) Ultraviolet 5-15

Built for etching and engraving at speed, the Meta-C CO2 laser etching machine is a different beast to our Blu systems, built within the Gen7 Meta-C chassis, this 3D (3-Axis) Galvo CO2 laser source is extremely accurate and comes in a wide range of power options.

Beam Delivery Laser Type Power (W)
3D (3-Axis) CO2, Fiber, UV 5-200W

Personalisation can turn the everyday into something extraordinary, and with PersonaLase it’s never been easier. Fitting seamlessly into your retail space, this sleek and sophisticated machine sits neatly under a counter, ready to dazzle and delight your customers with a real-time engraving spectacle.

Beam Delivery Laser Type Power (W)
3D (3-Axis) CO2, Fiber, UV 5-60W

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