Also referred to as phenolic, engravable plastic comes in a wide assortment of colors and can either be engraved first surface or second surface depending on the end use.
How it works: Material that is engraved from the second surface has a clear layer on the front so once your copy is engraved, it can be filled with any color of paint. This process is favorable when the end product will be exposed to any kind of debris. Since the front is smooth, it can be easily wiped clean.
Material that is engraved on the first surface has different colored second layer that is exposed when the top layer is etched away. This is often a more cost effective method of engraving.
ROUTING AND ROTARY ENGRAVING
When cutting thicker materials or deeper engraving is the objective, rotary engraving is the process we would suggest. Creative Sign Company's router has a huge 80" x 144" bed which allows us to cut large items as one piece rather than seeming multiple smaller parts together.
We also have smaller engravers that use finer tools and have finer engraving capablilities.
The body of the 5S shadow board on the left was cut from a piece of 1" thick acrylic. 0.25" deep cavities were routed out and a 1/8" piece of painted acrylic with 2nd surface engraved copy was laminated to the front.
LASER ENGRAVED STAINLESS STEEL & ALUMINUM
Laser engraved stainless steel is the perfect process to use if your finished tag, serial plate, etc. is going to be exposed to chemicals or severe temperatures.
How it works: CerMark, a substance consisting of traditional ceramic glazing material, with the addition of a thermal absorber is applied to the Stainless Steel and once it is hit by the laser it creates a durable mark that stands up to direct sunlight, abrasive chemicals, high temperatures, physical abrasion, or salt spray. In order to remove the engraving you would actually have to remove the metal it is etched into.