Adding a text, a logo or a picture on glass is necessary for personalizing a lot of different items:
Glass can be marked in different ways: printing, serigraphy, sandblasting, manual carving machine, engraving with a laser or with a rotary machine.
Engraving is the best method to use with most types of glass, and will last, even after several washes in the dishwasher.
Engraving on glass will only affect the surface of the material and “roughen” it. The result is a very nice frozen aspect that enhances the item. Other aspects can be obtained with a laser by playing with the parameters.
Laser engraving roughens the worked surface, while rotary diamond engraving hollows out the material to deliver a thinner engraving while maintaining its transparency.
Even if glass engraving is colorless, adding colors to the engraved design is possible by applying different colorants, also offered by Gravotech. This is ideal to get a golden engraving on a wedding glass for instance.
Laser will create your photo on the glass, line per line, creating a special moment for your customer. Custom glass engraving is a very valuable business, both technologies will ensure a fast return on investment.
Laser is particularly recommended for photo or logo engraving, as the results are spectacular and even the smallest detail can be engraved on glass.
The most popular accessory of our glass engraving machine is the rotary device, as it will allow the laser to engrave all around circular items by automatically rotating them on 360°. Note that glass cannot be cut by a laser.
See our glass etching machines!
Engraving glass with a laser avoids the risk of breaking the product or the tool. This contactless technology ensures safe engraving, even on the thinnest glass and it is quiet. However, cracks naturally appear when glass is lasered, depending on the glass quality (crystal is usually crack free).
To reduce unwanted cracks, we recommend laying wet paper on the glass being processed before lasering it. This will improve the heat dissipation and therefore reduce cracked effects. When using this technique, do not forget to turn off the air assist to avoid drying the paper.
By playing with the focal distance and laser power, different aspects can be obtained with laser. Depending on the result you want, the laser parameters will be adapted automatically thanks to our Gravostyle™ software library. It allows the user to process:
Rotary engraving will result in a light engraving, looking like a traditional manual engraving. Rotary engraving is ideal for vector engraving, calligraphic text and outline logos.
A diamond tip physically engraves the material. It ensures a perfect result whatever the glass composition. Adding lubricant avoids microcracks and leads to a fine and clear engraving.
See our rotary glass engravers!
Depending on the pressure applied on the glass, the engraving can be deep enough to be filled with color or it can be light and create a scratched effect that only affect the surface of the glass.
Rotary engraving machines are cheaper than lasers, also, there is no need for an air exhaust (contrary to the laser) the maintenance cost is low and the return on investment is faster. Rotary engraving is a compact solution and designed to be used in-stores. They are very popular to personalize small items like flasks in person to create an unforgettable moment for your customers.
Rotary engraving machines can be easily upgraded to open new possibilities. For instance, with a rotary device you may engrave on circular items or with a lubricant tray to retrieve glass dust carried by the lubrication system.
Gravotech lasers are ideal for part or small batch glass engraving, as even the smallest lasers (40W) are powerful enough for custom glass engraving. A Laser engraver also allows you to engrave on wood, plastics, or any other organic material.
Introducing the excitement of laser engraving to your business....
The LS100 is enclosed, easy to operate, and is a compact laser engraver. This compact laser engraving machine is suitable for laser cutting and engraving. This laser cutter is built to last....
The CO2 integrated laser marker is perfectly suited for marking organic materials....
The LS100EX CO2 laser machine is a medium-sized machine for engraving and cutting. Its engraving area matches the size of ¼ sheet, making it the ideal sign making machine....
The LS900 industrial laser engraver, comes in CO2, Fiber, or Edge (dual sources). They're ideal if looking for a fast laser engraver or laser cutter....
Compact rotary engravers are ideal for in-store personalization. Larger size machines, for bulky items are better suited for workshops.
This industrial engraver is perfect for signage, identification of parts, plastic engraving, and a perfect ADA braille engraving machine....
As the best-selling rotary engraving machine, the M20 is a custom engraving machine that can adapt to any purpose and fit any job....
The M40 is a compact, versatile, custom engraving machine. Its large engraving area makes it a perfect engraving solution for medium-sized and flat objects....
Our software allows you to compose your creation, set the machine parameters automatically and launch the engraving. They are compatible with laser and rotary machines. Our lasers can also work as a printer, it means they can be driven by third-party software (CorelDraw, Adobe Illustrator, etc.) and receive the files to “print” via their drivers.