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Get the Best Results Out of Your Engraving

April 12, 2018

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Deciding to go with an engraving on your next order? Great! Amongst our amazing cutting boards, our laser engraving service is definitely something to boast about. If you have an image that looks amazing in your head, we can help you turn it into a reality. From your brand’s name to your company logo, we’re here to show you how you can achieve the best results out of your engraving.

Understanding the Different Types

Before jumping straight into the world of beautiful and personalized cutting boards, you first need to understand the differences between laser engraving, etching and marking and why we opt for engravings over the others. Following are brief descriptions on each of these methods.

Laser Engraving

Our favorite, as well as the best choice for any personalized wood project, is laser engraving. This method uses a laser beam, as the name suggests, to vaporize the material, leaving a beautiful indentation of the engraving of your choice.

Laser Etching

Similar to engraving, laser etching uses a laser beam with high heat to melt your material, resulting in raised bumps of your chosen image. Depending on your preferred outcome, laser etching is used more for metal materials, as opposed to wood.

Laser Marking

Unlike the other two methods that use high powered laser beams, laser marking uses a low-powered laser beam that uses heat to oxidize the material. This results in discoloration of marked areas, producing high contrast marks.

For more information on the differences between these 3 methods, check out this article.

Tips on Getting the Best Results

Best Wood Types to Use

When it comes to cutting boards, we guarantee that only food-safe wood is used. This ensures that, even with an engraving, there are no toxins or chemicals that could be transferred to your food from the use of the board.

Some of the best food-safe woods to engrave on, and the ones we use, would include:

  • Cherry
  • Maple
  • Walnut

Image Quality

This is where the battle between pixel and vector images come into play. The better the image, the better the results. Where pixel images become blurry when enlarged or resized, vector images stay the same resolution and quality. This makes vector images the definite choice to go with.

Vector images come in the following formats:

  • EPS
  • AI
  • CDR
  • WMF
  • PDF

Best Laser Depths

Without getting too in-depth, getting the best results based off the laser power varies from the type of wood to the specific piece you are using. As all different wood types contain natural variations, making your engravings unique and the best way to achieve amazing results based on the power of the laser beam would include:

For lighter wood types, such as cherry and maple, a lower powered beam to create a vibrant engraving without burning or harming the board is needed.

For darker wood types, such as walnut, a higher powered beam to achieve a profound, high-contrasted engraving is needed.

Oiling your Boards

Once your board is finished, you might think the quality of the engraving stops there. If you really want the most out of your engraving, having your boards oiled once engraved is a great way to make your name or logo pop and stand out against the rest of the board.

Based on your project, needs and budget, we decide if oiling is best done before or after. To ensure the boards stay food-safe, we always do this after engraving when oiling is requested. Giving the boards a good coat before and after can be very beneficial as well.

From the type of wood to the type of engraving you choose, the outcome reflects off many different variations. If you want the best engraving possible, feel free to contact one of our talented sales representatives and they can help you determine what is best based on your needs. Don’t hesitate, our engraving service is the best way to go for any of your promotional needs! Visit our Custom Designs page to get started today!

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To receive wholesale pricing, the minimum order requirement is 20 cutting boards of one of our cutting board models listed below. Most models can be ordered in either Maple or Walnut and some are available in Cherry wood.

To receive wholesale pricing, the minimum order requirement is 20 cutting boards.