Laser Engraving Systems: How to use an Epilog Laser to engrave designs and etch logos and photos.

Are you looking for a laser that can engrave cut wood, acrylic, plastic, marble, and much more? You can use an Epilog Laser system to etch intricate designs in all of these materials and many more.

Attached to your computer just like a printer, the system will cut designs you create in most graphic software programs. Set up your page size to the size of the piece you are engraving, create your image, and print it to the laser - it will even cut many of the materials with the same system!

The best way to describe how our lasers work is to compare the system to your printer. Using similar technology, we take the images you typically print to paper, but instead we fire a CO2 laser beam that engraves and cuts your design on a wide variety of materials.

  • Laser: CO2 laser source, 30-120 watts
  • Engraving Materials: Wood, acrylic, plastic, glass, leather, corian, fabric, coated metals, anodized aluminum, ceramics, mylar, pressboard and more.
  • Cutting Materials: Wood, acrylic, plastic, delrin, cloth, leather, melamine, paper, rubber, veneer, cork and more.

The Advantages of CO2 Laser Engraving

  • The laser uses a beam of light as the engraving tool, so no part of the machinery actually touches the material being engraved.
  • You don't need a special system to hold down your engraving material, and there are less consumables with an Epilog laser system.
  • Laser engraving produces a permanent, crisp, highly detailed mark, engraving images at up to 1200 dots per inch.
  • The engraving quality is unmatched for reproducing graphics.
  • Lasers provide an extremely fast way to customize your products. With a laser system, if you want to engrave multiple pieces, you can quickly create a jig to hold the products in place, put the jig in the laser, and engrave as many pieces as fit in the engraving table.

We manufacture four different product lines of laser engraver systems to meet your needs. From our desktop Zing Laser Series to our top-of-the-line Fusion laser engraving systems, you'll find the right laser engraver to etch your products.

Image to Engraving in a Few Easy Steps

scanning the photo for the laser engraving Start by scanning or importing your image.
photo to be laser engraved on screen Import your image into CorelDRAW or a similar design program. Set your page size to the size of the piece you are engraving.
inverted photograph for laser etching on anodized Convert the photo to grayscale. Since we are engraving on anodized aluminum for this example, we have inverted the image.
print driver screen shot Configure the laser's speed and power, using the suggested settings in the owner's manual, then send the print job to the laser system for engraving.
laser control panel Complete by choosing your print job from the laser menu and pushing the go button for engraving to begin.
laser engraved anodized image Your work is done! With these few, simple steps, you have created a stunning engraving that will last a lifetime!

What is the highest resolution engraving an Epilog can produce?

An Epilog Laser system can engrave up to 1200 dots per inch, which allows you to achieve the highest quality engraving on the market. Even at the highest speeds, our lasers will etch with the highest precision.

Why are your laser engraving systems better than a glass laser tube?

By using laser tubes that are made of metal with ceramic components, we are able to fire our lasers at a much faster rate than glass laser tubes, which provide us with much higher quality when engraving. Also our laser tubes are all air-cooled - no water cooling required.

Where can I get more information or set up a demonstration?

Fill out the form on this page and we'll send you laser engraved and cut samples and a full product line brochure that will show you what you can do with a laser engraving system.

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