Laser engraving is gaining rapid popularity across the country. And why not? We live in a world of customization. Today, everyone likes to personalize their belongings because people love to stand out from the crowd. And there is actually no rational reason why you shouldn’t do it.
Thanks to technology, doodling has gone a notch higher. With laser engraving machines, you can engrave any design, inscription or ‘doodle’ on your personal effects, including that PMAG you love so dearly.
A polymer is a laser-sensitive material, so you can easily engrave it with your favorite designs. Need inspiration or examples of laser engraved PMAGs? Check out some of our work.
When it comes to laser engraving, the sky is your only limit. So, now that you are ready to engrave your polymer magazine, here is everything a beginner should know about laser engravers.
What can you do with a laser engraver?
Depending on the type of laser engraver you are using, there are a plethora of things you can do with laser engraving machines. Customization is just one of the many uses of laser engravers. And the best part is that laser engraving isn’t limited to giftable personal or giftable PMAGs.
Businesses have begun to use laser engraving machines to draw in new leads and retain customers. Entrepreneurs are combining their products with laser marking and creating an entirely new line of products to expand their portfolio. So, it won’t be an exaggeration to say that laser engraving will soon be one of the most important elements of product designing.
This technology surely has a future!
Why engrave your polymer magazine?
The primary idea behind engraving your polymer magazine is to give is it a personal touch. No matter where you are, you can always spot your PMAG from a pile of others. Besides, you can also use this technology when you are looking to gift a PMAG. With the laser engraving technology, you can carve an intimate quote, personal message and even a symbol to solidify your intention for the gift.
Countless people use laser engraving to make their presents more memorable for the receiver. The inscription not only helps their loved ones remember the giver’s love but also allows them to stand out. So, it’s no surprise that laser engraved PMAGs are one of the most unique gifting articles for any grownup.
Choosing a laser engraving machine for yourself
There are three common types of laser engravers in the market – CO2 lasers, fiber lasers, and crystal lasers. CO2 are gas lasers that are perfect for working with non-metallic surfaces. On the other hand, fiber lasers are best suited for engraving on metals.
Crystal lasers are yet another type of solid-state lasers that are suitable for both metallic and non-metallic objects. The only drawback, however, is that crystal lasers are more expensive and less durable than the fiber ones. So, when you set out to buy an engraver for yourself, make the process easy and consider the following.
1. Size of the machine
Do you need something portable? Do you have enough space to house any size of laser engraving machine? Have you assigned a place for engraving your PMAGs? Can your chosen laser engraver fit on your desk?
Before buying a laser engraver, you must ask yourself these basic questions. Obviously, you ought to remember that convenience comes at a price. So, the more features you look for, the more you will end up paying for your laser engraver.
2. Price of the kit
When you buy a laser engraver, you need to consider the cost of the accessories and accompaniments along with the equipment itself. Make sure you compare the rates and specifications before you make the final decision.
While a laser engraver may cost you as low as $200, it can go up to tens of thousands of dollars, too. In monetary terms, that price range is as extensive as the Pacific Ocean. So, you must wisely narrow down your options while choosing a suitable laser engraver for yourself.
3. Technical specifications
One of the most important technical specifications to look for in your laser engraving machine is the materials it supports. Some engravers may work on plastic while the other may be suitable only for metals.
Additionally, you must also check for software compatibility in your equipment. Ideally, you must choose a machine that’s either compatible with your existing software or comes with its own software, so you don’t have to buy a new one.
You can also look for connectivity options in your engraver before making a purchase.
DIY laser engraving for your PMAGs
Laser engraving is as easy as printing on an office printer. All you need is the right instructions to easily customize your PMAG. Here is a brief DIY that will simplify laser engraving for you.
Plan: Prep before you engrave
Laser marking is permanent. So, you need to be happy with your inscription before you ink it down. To create your favorite design, use a software that allows you to make vector images.
Since a vector image has all the data that your engraver needs to turn the information into a design, it makes your job thousand times easier.
Next, transfer the design to your laser engraving machine when you are ready to start engraving.
Engrave: Do a patch test
It can be tempting to engrave directly on your PMAG but hold your horses. Be smart and do a patch test of sorts. Try to use the machine on a material that’s similar to your PMAG’s. Adjust the settings and make them more convenient for you. Once you are comfortable with your laser engraving machine and have figured out how it functions, you can move on to the PMAG.
Press ‘start’ and watch the data form a design. In other words, see your idea come to life.
Exercise caution: Follow the safety protocol
Laser machines are not something you should play with. When you work with a laser engraving machine, you must be on your toes. First off, you ought to protect your eyes. Wear goggles that can prevent the laser beam from coming in contact with your eyes.
Additionally, ensure you work in a well-ventilated space to avoid inhaling the harmful fumes generated by the laser engravers. And lastly, always make sure to disconnect the power cord before you move or lift the machine. You can also have someone assist you to prevent any accidents and stay safe throughout the engraving process.