Top 15 Laser Engraving Ideas


Top 15 Laser Engraving Ideas

laser etched dog collarsLaser engraving is a technology which is done by a laser engraver or cutter to engrave on an object. It can be used on glass, wood, metals, leather and other materials too. This is mainly used for customizing any objects by engraving someone’s name or just a simple design to make it more beautiful. So, what can a CO2 Laser Engraver do? It has many uses and you can do a lot of cool things with this engraver. Here is the list of those things that you can do:



#1: Key chain Holder

Key chain holders are an important part of our day to day life. There are many such holders available online and in shops. But if you want to give a personalized or customized touch to that holders then you can engrave the initials of your name or the whole name over these key chain holders with the laser engraver. Even you can engrave some cool messages on it to gift it to someone.  laser etched key chain


#2: Wine Glass

Wine glasses are simply made up of plain glass. But often people want to have something personalized. These personalized items can be special. So, for any married couples two wine glasses can be specially designed with initials along with some impressive designs to make it look even prettier. If it is for a wedding gift then a ring along with the two’s first letters of their names can be a cool idea.engraved wine glass


#3: Plant Labels

For the gardens and orchards, another cool idea to use the laser engraver is to engrave the name of the plant on a board. You must have seen the boards with the names of plants/fruits on it. They are mainly painted but if you choose to engrave with the laser then it will have a unique look and also last for a long time.


#4: Nameplate 

For residential use or for commercial use, you may need a name plate. So, another cool thing that your CO2 Engraver can do is it can engrave your name on a wooden or metal piece. It looks pretty classy and also unique. You can hang that at your front door of your house or also in your office cabin.   laser engraved nameplate


#5: Leather Engraving

If you have a leather wallet then you can use your laser engraver to engrave something cool on it. For a personalized leather wallet you can engrave your name on a corner of it in style. This will look pretty cool and also will give a completely different style to your wallet. Even it will be a personalized wallet for you which will be more special.  See examples here:


#6: Glass Jars

Do you have different glass jars in your kitchen for different spices and ingredients? If yes then you can use this laser engraver to engrave the name of the particular spices on these glass jars. It will help one to easily recognize which jar has which ingredients in it. Besides being convenient, it will also look pretty cool.   laser etched glass jar


#7: Dog Collar

Dog collar is a personal stuff of your beloved dog. Like you love to have personalized belongings, your dog too will love to own something like that. Since dogs cannot tell their name to someone, engraving its name on a dog collar can be a great idea. This way people will also know the name of your dog and it can be a personalized item of your dog’s outfit too.


#8: Customized Phone Cases

People use different phone cases to protect their phones or tablets. Of course customized engravings on the phone covers can make it more yours. Thus to get customized phone case, you can engrave any cool designs, quotes or even your name on it. This will give a complete personalized mobile cover based on your choice and preferences.  laser etched wood iPhone case

laser engraved i-phone case


#9: Wedding Invitations

Everyone send a printed card as a wedding invitation. But if you want to make something different and special then you can use this laser engraver to engrave the name of the bride and groom on it. The wedding invitation will look pretty cool as well as totally unique especially for your wedding.


#10: Decorative Pieces

You can also engrave some great design, symbols or quotes on a piece of wood and use it as a decorative item. This will look pretty cool as a decorative piece at your house. This engraver can be used for any DIY decoration projects on woods, glasses or any metals.


#11: Coffee Cups

Coffee cups are a quite common way to express your love, affection and relation with someone. So, if you want to DIY some coffee mugs or cups with great designs and engravings then also you can use laser engraver. This is a cool idea to gift someone or even to make your coffee mug unique or personalized just for you.   etched stainless steel coffee tumbler


#12: Business Cards

Business cards are used in almost all industries. It can be made up of woods, metals, acrylic etc. But if you want to give it a unique and special touch to make it stand out from the common ones then laser engraving the best idea. You can use laser cut design on the business cards to engrave the company name on it.   Here’s a gallery of laser etched business cards for ideas:

laser engraved wood business card



#13: Jewelry

Laser cut jewelries are so much in nowadays. It is really amazing to have such a customized jewelry in your collection. If you have any preferred design that you want in your jewelry, be it necklace, ring or earrings you can get it. The laser engraver can be used to cut a preferred design on an ornament.

laser etched jewelry


#14: Keychain Bottle Opener

Key chain Bottle Openers are another useful thing that many people own. Many love to gift to someone along with a bottle of their favorite beverage. Thus, a customized key chain bottle opener is always preferable with the name or anything personal engraved on it.


#15: Trophies & Prizes

The trophies, medal and mementos can be engraved with a name, quote or anything related to the person to make it more personalized and special. A personalized memento with the company or institution name on it is any day more special than that of a normal memento. Same goes for the trophies and awards or prizes.


These are the things that can be done. It is highly beneficial and can be of great use for any DIY or customizing projects.  Here some good resources for further review:


What Can You Laser Etch?

large laser machineWith laser etching, cutting, and engraving you have the unique ability to blend function and creativity into a profitable career.  Machine prices on the low end have almost bottomed out but are quiet reasonable as of Sept 2014. If you find a laser etching machine for sale at a good price, you might be able to start your own laser etching business for less than $5000, and easily earn $15/hr or more depending on the projects you accept.

The main decision you have to make when opening an engraving business is whether to target people placing small orders, or businesses making orders in bulk. If you want to engrave metal projects, you’ll need a different, special kind of laser. The CO2 lasers commonly used for engraving can generally only handle anodized aluminum. To engrave bare metal, you’ll want an Nd:YAG-based laser.

Before you start, you’ll still have to learn to use the etcher on different materials, and figure out how to connect the program to the machine. Here are some of the things you might find a laser etcher doing.

Laser Engraving
A laser etching machine can personalize a wide variety of materials and products. From glass, marble, masonite, leather, wood, paper, tile, coated metal, plastic, ceramics, bamboo, to nylon, a laser can handle a dizzying array. You can even engrave a variety of different objects: picture frames, desk accessories, boxes, company awards, pens, metal trays, jewelry, and key chains. Because a laser engraver is completely freehand, you can use one to engrave images as easily as text.

Business Cards
Some business owners and managers like high-end creative business cards. These might use metal, plastic, wood, or matte board. As mentioned earlier, to engrave or cut metal, you’ll need a specialized laser.

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Couples also sometimes like nontraditional wedding announcements or wedding invitations. The laser etcher’s ability to mark various materials allows very clever ideas. Marketing your laser engraving services via party planning and wedding magazines can be worthwhile. In this case, a bit of graphic design experience is very helpful. These customers will often want custom designs or typography.

Glass Etching
Laser glass etching machines make intricate, beautiful designs on a variety of glass surfaces. Most laser etchers can also handle glass. Popular products are window panes, glass mugs, shot glasses, beer steins, wine glasses, and champagne flutes. Laser etched champagne flutes are particularly popular for weddings.
3D laser etching machines are even available that create three-dimensional images inside solid crystal or glass cubes.

I just found a good link for personalizing glass gifts which is done via. laser etching glass:

You can also market laser glass etching services to security firms and law enforcement. These may want to etch identifying codes or marks onto glass surfaces for security reasons. Firearm Engraving: Firearms have strict standards for etching serial numbers.  Below is a video about the same…

Lots of people need custom stencils. You can sell services to people that hand make objects, whether as a hobby or as a profession. Crafters, interior decorators, and carpenters all can use custom stencils. A laser etcher can cut these from thin material stock.

Laser etchers can even make custom puzzles. After printing the desired image onto heavy cardboard stock, you cut it into puzzle pieces using the laser. These make very popular gifts during the holidays.

Laser Etching vs Laser Scoring and Laser Ablation
There’s a lot in common between laser etching and other laser materials processing techniques. With laser etching, laser scoring, and laser ablation, the laser cuts into the surface of the material and partially removes layers. It does this to a specific depth, and doesn’t penetrate all the way through. The result is a three-dimensional design in the material, though the depth is usually so small that the design appears two-dimensional.

Where laser scoring generally makes a single straight line along which the material is bent or broken, laser etching creates larger designs or patterns in the material surface. And while laser ablation is mostly used to remove the top layer of two bonded-together materials — like conductive coatings or anodization layers — laser etching generally works just the top layer in a homogeneous material.

Of course, you can combine laser etching with other processing techniques to achieve multiple production steps in one pass.

What’s laser etching used for?

Laser etching may replace chemistry for etching electronic circuits and components. This doesn’t just eliminate hazardous, environmentally poisonous, and expensive chemicals from the manufacturing floor. It allows for greater precision. Lasers are frequently used in electronics manufacturing to produce extremely precise resistance values. By trimming a resistor with a laser during the production process, 0.01% or better precision is possible. This allows engineers to design electronics that operate much more efficiently.

The automotive industry even uses portable laser cutter machines that can engrave as well. These aren’t widely available yet, but they use a handheld unit linked to a larger laser with a fiber optic cable to etch designs on objects too large to put inside a regular laser engraver.  

As well as making stencils, laser etching may add information about the part onto each stencil. This helps boost brand identity and simplifies keeping track of inventory. It’s even possible to laser-etch instructions for using the stencil onto each one, reducing the risk of user error.

Flexible Packaging
Many industrial marking technologies are limited to printing on rigid surfaces. The CO2 laser has the ability to cut or etch flexible and floppy surfaces just as easily. This means that a laser can add brand information, serial numbers, and expiration dates to flexible surfaces that would be hard to mark otherwise.

3D laser etching machines can even embed security features into both rigid and flexible surfaces. By etching the pattern inside the layers of the film rather than on the surface, tamper resistance improves considerably.

Graphic Art and Design
Laser etching  or engraving adds a new design possibility to printed pieces. It’s possible to make elaborate and detailed cuts in the paper a core part of the design, without the price and limitations inherent to die cuts. A laser cut top layer can reveal different paper colors and textures underneath.

What can laser etching do for you?
Laser etching can create unique and complex patterns without restrictions on the design. There are no stamps or dies, allowing you to minimize downtime by changing designs digitally. Processing happens quickly and cleanly, without needing to touch the surface. Thanks to the low tool wear, there’s very little maintenance needed. High-end laser etchers can even etch their features below the surface in clear materials, considerably improving security.  Check out laser cutters at