Sandcarving: Superior Deep Carve on Glass

13th Oct 2022

Sandcarving: Superior Deep Carve on Glass

Savvy shops see sandcarving as a perfect complement to their laser engraving. They know that laser engravers are profitable tools for a wide range of engraving applications. Laser excels at leather, acrylic and wood. However, they understand their laser’s limits. The most disappointing of which being their laser’s shallow, fractured etch on glass.

Sandcarving vs. Laser Engraving for Glass

The fundamental difference between sandcarving and laser engraving is simple to understand. Laser engravers “etch” by heating the glass, creating a series of fractures in the glass’ surface. Besides its uninspiring depth, the lasered etch is marked by the linear passes of the laser itself.

Altogether different, sandcarving “sands” away the glass to a desired depth, leaving a smooth, sanded finish with clean curved lines.

In the example pictured above the left side has been laser etched only. The right side has been stage carved and deep etched using a CrystalBlast sandcarving cabinet.

Which Should You Choose: Sandcarver Machine or Laser Engraver

For those already employing a laser engraver, consider adding a CrystalBlast Cabinet. The investment in this complementary equipment will allow you to upsell your glass customers from your laser’s shallow etch to a smooth-sanded, deep carve. If you prefer, you can still use your laser to cut the sandcarving stencil using  Blazer Orange Laser Mask.

If you’re just starting out and intend to focus on engraved glass, invest first in a CrystalBlast Cabinet and an economical Process System Kit. You will enter the market with the superior quality of sandcarved glass, but you’ll also have great results on ceramic and stone.

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