CO2 (carbon dioxide) laser engravers have been around many years. The reason I like CO2 laser engravers is because CO2 laser engravers can help museums and archaeologists render images from ancient civilizations. But a more viable use of CO2 laser engravers is for signage and sign shops.
In the past laser engravers were used primarily in the trophy and awards world. Now architects are learning that they don’t need to cut their finger tips off using X-acto knives to make their traditional models: you can do most of the model, far more accurately, with a laser cutter. You can also engrave details on your facades and interiors with the same machine.
CO2 laser engravers can achieve many uses and applications
In addition to the traditional use of a laser engraver for awards plaques, here is a list of just a few of the capabilities of a CO2 laser engraver:
- Photo engraving. If you want to make your photographic prints unique, ”print” them onto stone, wood, or metal. There are several ways to accomplish this. One is to use a CO/2 laser engraver. The other way is to use a UV-curable inkjet printer that is designed to handle stone, wood, metal, floor tiles, wall sections, even concrete.
- Decorate frames for photographs
- Engraving onto round objects such as to customized wine glasses or beer mugs
- You can also create 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional works of art with a laser engraver/cutter.
- Architects can utilize a laser engraver to decorate their models. The laser cutter can cut the model out of plexiglass, wood, or cardboard.
CO/2 laser cutters and engravers can handle scores of materials and create a host of applications. Materials include stone, aluminum, wood, cardboard, plastics, glass, ceramic, metals, rubber and other materials.
Below the surface laser engraving
You can take a photograph, and laser-engrave it deep inside a solid transparent material, such as glass. The image appears to be suspended inside the solid material.
Even when it remains on the surface, artists can utilize CO2 laser engravers and laser cutters to produce works of art.
Laser engraving and laser cutting for museums
Up to now it’s primarily architects, sign makers, and people doing trophies and awards or arts and crafts that utilize CO/2 laser engraving technology. But laser cutters and laser engravers are great tools for art historians, archaeologists, and museums.