laser engraving files
Dwg, Ai, etc. Use a vector engraving file when very precise engraving is needed.
Please be sure to "ungroup" the individual elements within your vector files before
sending. Also, be careful to not have two of the same line shape over top of each
other... Otherwise, the laser will "double-cut" this area.
• Raster-engraved areas — Raster engraving files can be saved in two ways:
"black and white bit map raster files", and "256 color grayscale raster files". Use a
"black and white bitmap raster file" when a solid tone is needed to be engraved.
Use a "256 grayscale raster file" when a multi-tonal or photograhic engraving is
engraving depths. We will do our best to engrave any depths you specify but
we cannot guarantee any particular accuracy with engraving depths. Raster and
vector engraving are best for making cosmetic markings and are not suitable
making mechanical grooves or features with precise depths.
transparent plastic from the front (first surface) or back (second surface) of the
material. Mirrored acrylic is typically engraved on the back (the matte gray side)
so that when you look at the piece from the front or mirrored side, you can see the
engraved areas that have been etched into the mirror film on the back.
format (often called "breaking apart text to lines or polylines" in CAD, or
"converting text to curves", or "create outlines" in other drawing programs
etc.). Be sure to fill the line-art text black and remove any outlines unless
they are to be engraved.
laser cut, and vector engrave a design all as a single job. All
images, lines, text, etc. to be vector engraved should be
a part of the same file as the cutting file. You do not need to split the
cutting and engraving among different files.
Contact us with any further questions about laser engraving