When the two effects of raster and vector engraving are combined this provides the maximum visual effect which works perfectly on wood.

Raster and Vector Engraving Process

Vector engraved areas of the design or layout are followed by the laser beam, this does not cut through the material but scores the surface to highlight the engraved areas, particularly where there is a lot of detail to a design that needs to have more contrast to the rest of the engraving. This can give a two-dimensional effect on wood where the raster engraved area is deep in comparison to the vector engraved outline.

Raster engraved areas are removed by the laser beam passing horizontally from left to right across the surface of the material, this heats the surface either detaching or fragmenting from the rest of the surface to vaporise the material away. A high level of detail is achieved by the laser. Filled sections of the design are engraved entirely and greyscale areas will be engraved with less depth than higher contrast areas and white is left untouched. The process can also be referred to as bi-directional in which the engraving is carried out in an alternating fashion in both directions.

This Raster and Vector Engraving process works on virtually any material, including wood, acrylic, leather, laminates, MDF, cork, paper, ceramics, coated metals, textiles, paper and card.

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