Left side has been laser etched only. Right side has been stage carved and deep etched using a CrystalBlast sandcarving cabinet.
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.
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.
What can be learned from these experienced engravers?
If you prefer, you can still use your laser to cut the sandcarving stencil, Blazer Orange Laser Mask.