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Laser Engraving

In the 1960’s laser technology was invented for industrial purposes.  Laser stands for Light Amplification by Simulated Emission of Radiation.  By the late 70’s, laser engravers were born.  In the 1980’s and 90’s engineers had computerized the laser system and advanced the technology to the point that they could be used in engraving awards and gifts.  The software that runs today’s laser engravers uses black and white images to determine where the flashes of light will burn the surface of the item to be engraved.  By the time we got started in this industry it was common for many engravers to have one in their shop.  Today, we have four in the Lyndon location and two in Manhattan. 

Due to its versatility, our most common method of marking is by laser engraving.  Our lasers can engrave painted metals, crystal, plastics, acrylic, leather, plastic signage, rubber for stamps and wood.  With the help of chemicals that bond to stainless steel, aluminum, ceramic and glass, we can put a lasting black mark on those surfaces.  We can even engrave cylinders like glass drinkware, flashlights, vases and even insulated tumblers using a special apparatus that turns the item as it engraves.  We have specialized software that converts photographs in black and white to be engraved on many of our products. 

We are constantly looking for new ways to create custom awards and gifts.  That’s why innovation is one of our core values.  Stop in one of the stores and we’ll help you create a unique item to preserve your most memorable moments. 

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