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CNC Laser Intricate Engraving on Supawood with a Small Box Design, CNC Laser Cut-out and Assemble

Riley produced a small storage box utilised to store rubber bands. He depicts to us how he engraved artwork of his choice onto supawood by a very intricate process using AM’s TruCUT CO2 laser and engraving machine.
This process focuses on a particular detail and is very complex.

What is Intricate engraving?

Intricate engraving has previously been limited to black-and-white due to the fact that colour etching was and still is technically complex and time-consuming, making this explosion of colour something of a revolution.

It was only attempted at first by more experienced and skilled printmakers due to its level of complexity.

Engraving on wood achieves simple and precise results. Extremely fine details can be lasered onto the wood coaster. Possible applications include photos, wording such as quotes, dates, logos or birthday messages. A personalised gift for a special occasion or corporate presentation are memorable and make laser-engraved wood unique.

How to do Intricate Engravement on AM’s CNC laser cutting and engraving machine:

When a laser is shot out of a laser tube in one direction. It has an initial beam spot diameter.
When the distance increases so does the diameter of the spot. This is measured by the beams’ divergence angle.

We need to use lens to concentrate the laser power that reaches the material.

Different lens have different focal lengths and depths of field for cutting.

A lens ensures that a laser remains in focus so that it gains higher power on the focal point.

The shorter the focal length, the shorter the depth its field therefore its cutting thickness will be less.

If a lens focal length is long, the focused point will be far away, less energy will have to be concentrated. The cutting thickness will be greater.

Lens have two parameters i.e. a diameter and a focal length.

Depending on the variation of your working project, you will need a range of choices in both the diameter and focal length.

What should be done next?

- Move the lens up and down until the spot of light is best focused.
- The reading seen on the ruler is referred to as the focal length.
- Intricate engraving can be done on items such as glasses, coasters and gift boxes.


To purchase AM’s TruCUT CO2 laser and engraving machine, simply dial 072 222 2211 / 060 600 6000 or you can log onto our site am.co.za for more product information.