Laser engraving, also known as laser etching, is a manufacturing process that uses a focused beam of light to remove surface material from a substrate in order to create patterns, words, figures, and images. Engineers can tailor the laser’s strength and depth to create detailed designs with varying depths and widths.
Architectural etching is a type of laser etching used specifically for building applications. Engineers and architects use laser etching to produce precise building models, create unique interior features, and develop eye-catching exterior signage. Most frequently, industrial laser engraving is used to produce visually stunning etched signage on a variety of materials, including bronze, copper, aluminum, stainless steel, stone, wood, and glass.
Accubeam’s industrial laser engraving machines accommodate large sheets and fabricated structures necessary for architectural operations. Using state-of-the-art industrial engraving equipment, we can complete architectural and large-format etching projects with exceptional detail and precision.
Types of Architectural Etching
At Accubeam, we pride ourselves on producing exceptional industrial laser engraving and other architectural etching services for our customers in the building and architectural sectors. Our architectural etching methods include:
- Laser Engraving: Laser engraving uses concentrated beams of light to vaporize the surface material and create markings of varying depths.
- Laser Cutting: Similar to laser engraving, laser cutting uses focused lasers to cut or bore into the workpiece to create desired shapes and designs.
- Rotary Engraving: Rotary engraving uses a cutting tool mounted on a rotating spindle to etch the surface of the workpiece.
- Pressure Media Blasting: Pressure media blasting directs blast media at high speed onto the surface of the workpiece to create the desired design.
Large-Format Etching Benefits & Applications
Large-format etching is used to create designs on large sheets of material. Accubeam’s dual-source laser etching system incorporates both CO2 and fiber laser engraving capabilities in one convenient package. Using the latest dual-source technology, we can create continuous laser etchings on a wide variety of materials in sizes as large as 48” x 36″.
CO2 laser etching allows us to etch non-metal materials such as plastic, stone, wood, and glass. Fiber laser engraving allows us to create deeper, more lasting designs in metals, including stainless steel, copper, bronze, and aluminum. With our dual system, we create high quality large-format etching on a variety of materials without the need for multiple machines, resulting in enhanced precision and greater production efficiency.
Large-format etching with dual-source technology offers a variety of benefits over more traditional etching methods.
- Versatility: Dual-source laser etching allows us to etch multiple materials with one machine, saving you both time and money.
- Single Machine: With two laser etching methods in a single machine, we don’t have to switch between machines for different materials or applications. This means greater precision and faster turnaround.
- Multi-Material Capability: By working with both CO2 and fiber lasers in the same machine, we can engrave a variety of metal and non-metal materials, for enhanced product quality and accuracy.
- Large Capacity: Our dual-source laser equipment can handle large metal and non-metal panels up to 4′ x 3′.
- Materials: Our large-format etching capabilities include hard-to-etch materials like titanium, steel, brass, and copper.
Large-format etching is used to create a variety of critical building and architectural products, including:
- Electrical Panels
- Standard Signage
- Large-Format Signage
- Continuous Artwork up to 36″ x 48”
Outstanding Architectural and Large-Format Etching by Accubeam
At Accubeam, we provide superior quality architectural and large-format laser etching services for our customers in the building and architectural industries. Our etched products are designed to last, and are able to withstand even the most extreme environmental conditions. In addition to producing long-lasting, striking signage, we also use our etching capabilities to create logos, bar codes, Mil-Std-130 UID, UDI, identification codes, lot codes, and serial numbers to facilitate easy identification during build-out.
To learn more about our selection of architectural and large-format etching capabilities, contact us today or request a quote.