Encountering any output of the 3D engraving process—be it a wall sign, a trophy, or a commemorative plaque—does not usually inspire us to question how such products come to be. We see a trophy made through a laser-assisted cutting process, and we assume it’s all simple. However, the actual procedure can both be elegantly simple and efficiently complicated, all depending on which side of the observation fence you’re on. The technological aspect of the procedure has been fairly well established, considering that all the discrete technologies involved are now in their mature stages, with random unpredictably efficiently eliminated in the equation. But the design aspect—now that’s another matter, and looking into these different aspects of laser engraving makes for a fascinating exploration.
Banking on Human Creativity
The achievements of 3D engraving would not have been possible without its crucial non-machine element: the human mind. As far as we are aware of it, no machine could duplicate what human imagination could produce. While some regard this as an actual liability (insisting that the human mind actually serves as a barrier to infinite possibilities), there is plenty of evidence that an artist working together with the advanced laser-cutting machines used in engraving has produced startling results. This is the reason why anyone looking to hire the services of a laser-engraving outfit should check out first its roster of in-house artists, carefully analysing if their past works are somehow similar to what you have in mind. You must realise that laser-assisted engraving requires a distinct kind of artist that is able to harness the machine’s strengths to ensure nothing but brilliant results.
The Power of Focused Beams
Laser has been a regular staple in mainstream science fiction, especially in such famous movies as ‘War of the Worlds’ or ‘Star Wars’. Often, though, laser as depicted in such movies is sinister in nature: as weapons able to vaporise enemies in the blink of an eye, instantly transforming a formerly energetic, happy individual into a steaming pile of carbonised dust. In 3D engraving, however, laser is used in friendlier and definitely cheerful situations: as a precision cutting tool used in conjunction with the computer hardware and software in outputting, say, a 3D trophy. In the early days of laser-assisted engraving, the laser used relied on focused beams of light and tended to get too warm, even hot. These days, thanks to further advances in technology, the lasers are not only cheaper to make (and consequently to purchase), they are also much more energy efficient, precise and more powerful than ever. Using diodes in producing focused beams of light, lasers used in engraving can cut away even the most exquisite detail.
Enhancing Social Relationships
We need not mention the fact that the output of the meticulous process of 3D engraving is so awe-inspiring that they have been the stuff of unforgettable gifts. The “magic” comes from the ability to fully customise the product down to the very last, even the smallest and seemingly insignificant detail. With laser-engraved tokens or items, people can express their love and affection bearing their own personal touch without having to rely on products that are produced en masse.