There are many materials that can be engraved from wood to plastic to stainless
steel as well as many others. In this section we’ll provide information on
our standard complement of media. We have many suppliers for different materials
and we always look for more and better materials/suppliers.
Standard Engravers Plastic
The most common material we use is a modified Acrylic. Modified acrylic media generally
has two layers. The top layer, or cap, serves as the background for the text and
images. The engraving machine then removes the cap to form the text and reveals
the bottom layer, or substrate. It is available in many color combinations and classifications
for different applications and uses. Click here
for more details.
When it comes to metal, there are as many choices as you have with plastic. However,
metal does have its limitations. Nearly all metals can be rotary engraved, but due
to the different thermal properties of various metals, some can be engraved with
a laser and some cannot. Some metals come anodized or coated with some other material
so that the engraving process very is similar to that of engraving plastic.
Phenolic - “Lamaciod”
Phenolic Materials tend to be very rigid and fibrous. They are usually chosen for
their non-flammable and fire retardant qualities. They are also preferred in certain
environments where chemicals are used and standard engraving plastic would be a
poor choice. The main drawback is that they usually cost more and are harder to
work with. Also, these materials tend to be very susceptible to humidity.
With the advent of laser engraving, there are now many more materials that can be
engraved. Please see our Laser Engraving page for
examples of wood, glass, rubber, leather, and many more.