Engraving


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Custom laser engraving makes ordinary items extraordinary.

Photographs, drawings, logos, poems, handwritten letters or recipes, and even baby’s footprints can become a work of art when turned into a wooden engraving!



We are dedicated to creating unique items our customers will love. We have a passion for woodworking, personalized laser engraving and custom made unique items. We provide our customers with nothing but the highest quality of products, that are guaranteed to meet their satisfaction.

If you are looking to create a personalized custom laser engraved item, you are in the right place. We strive to be industrious and innovative, offering our customers a unique custom product. Our customers are our top priority and through our products we work hard towards building long-lasting and meaningful relationships with them.

What can LocalBeavers do?
The choices are (not) endless! 😜
1. We provide laser engraving services, to personalise a selection of our handmade products and gifts....
Most of our products can be Laser Engraved, although some were designed with that in mind, and so lend themselves to the medium rather better than others. If you don't see Engraving as an option on a product you like, do feel free to request a quote and we will be happy to go through the options with you!

2.  We also stock a variety of beautiful products, specially designed for Laser Engraving, that we can work with you on, in order to fit the exact picture you have in your mind.

As we said earlier: photographs, drawings, logos, poems, handwritten letters or recipes, and even baby’s footprints can become a work of art when turned into a wooden engraving! Let your imagination run wild, and let's see what we can create together!

3. We accept commissions: either Laser Engraving or Handmade items for your home. George loves a challenge and is more than happy to work with you to design something that is perfect, either size or item-wise, for you and your home! We can work with wood, electronics (LED or generic lamps, switching and intelligent home devices) and a selection of metalwork. Have an idea for a piece? Get in touch today to let us make it a reality!

So....What Is Laser Engraving?

In it's broadest possible terms Laser Engraving is " A subset of laser marking, is the practice of using lasers to engrave an object". But yeah, that hasn't cleared much up.

During the process of laser engraving, the laser beam impinges on the material, exposing it to a great deal of heat. Depending on the exposure time, the color changes and creates a contrast, or the material evaporates or burns. The resulting laser engraving is permanent and very resistant to abrasion. Essentially, a laser beam, approximately the same width as a human hair; is focussed down on a tiny area of the material to be engraved, and evaporates it, by means of a huge amount of heat.

We can move the laser by means of programming it, to engrave (or evaporate) almost any design you can provide to us, from pictures, to text (and anything in between) creating a permanent record on the item. We finish all the products by hand and ensure a superb quality gift that you can be proud of giving or even keeping! :)

Check out our Laser in action below:

Laser Example Video 1
















Pricing.

Most of our products come with Laser Engraving at a small extra charge, this will be detailed in the product page; some are even free! For those that don't, or if you have a special request, the easiest way to get pricing for your project is to submit your project for a quote, however, you can learn more about how we determine pricing for laser cutting or engraving projects below!

We price laser cutting services on an individual basis as most projects are custom and require unique considerations. In general the total cost of a project is some combination of materials, labour and machine time. Below is a breakdown of factors we consider when quoting your project.

File Preparation
Laying your artwork out on our pre-made templates is the easiest and cheapest way to prepare your projects for laser cutting. In general we're looking for clean vector files that are sized correctly, with linework separated into layers for each laser operation (cutting, scoring, engraving).

Machine Setup
Jobs cut on our stock sheet material are generally the least expensive to setup. Jobs that require special alignment on existing products are generally a bit more expensive as additional labor is required to create jigs and correctly align your artwork.

Cutting
For cutting operations we use special software to estimate the amount of machine time needed for your project. For most jobs this is the bulk of the cost. In general thick or dense materials take longer to cut and are therefore more expensive to work with than thinner, light-weight materials.

Engraving
Engraving operations tend to be more expensive than cutting operations. This is because the laser must make many passes over your artwork moving a fraction of a millimeter each time in order to cover the entire surface area of your artwork. The cost is mainly determined by how much surface area needs to be engraved. Unlike cutting, the engraving price is generally not affected by the material selection.

Scoring
Scoring provides a lower-cost alternative to engraving your artwork. Scoring works by tracing a surface mark around the perimeter of the artwork only. This means that text and other shapes get outlined, this takes a tiny fraction of the time and so the cost is reduced proportionately.

Labor
Labor applies to jobs that require special handling (ie. extremely delicate materials like fine papers), or jobs that require special finishing operations or complex file setup. Most projects setup using our templates and flat sheet material do not require any additional labor.

Materials
Materials are priced by the square foot, and generally increase in cost with quality and thickness. Detailed information about laser cutting materials can be found on our materials page.

Turnaround
Our standard turnaround time is around a week. Rush service is available if you're in a hurry and is more expensive as it requires us to change our production schedule to fit your project in ahead of other customers.