In rotary engraving, cylindrical objects are turned on a motor-powered device fitted into the bed of the laser machine. The laser beam then passes over the surface of the product to produce engraving which wraps around the surface.

The rotary engraving process

The rotary engraving process is mostly a raster engraving process where the laser head passes horizontally from left to right across the surface of the material, similar to how a printer functions but light is used instead of ink and 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. The 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 laser beam engraves the text or design line by line from a start to finish point. This is a similar process to how a printer works but instead of using ink only magnified light is used producing incredibly detail results.

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 Laser Engraving process works on virtually any material wood, acrylic, leather, laminates, MDF, Cork, paper, ceramics, coated metals and textiles.

It is suitable for products such as bottles, pens, glasses, tool handles, awards, torches and soap dispensers.

Bay & Moor is dedicated to providing the highest quality rotary engraving service.
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