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Address: 641 W. 6th Avenue, Chico, Ca. 95926

Phone: (530) 342-7469    E-mail: info@artful-engravings.com

Normal store hours: Mon. - Fri. 9:00 am - 2:00 pm   Weekends by appointment only

Summer (June - Aug.) by appointment only

How large of an item can be engraved? -

  • Our CO2 laser engraver can engrave items up to 24" x 12" and up to 8" high with a maximum 25 lbs. load.
  • Our mechanical engraver has a slide through bed and can engrave items 12" x 12"+ and up to 3" high.
  • Our CNC router has a slide through bed and can handle items 24" x 18"+ and up to 6" high.
  • Our heat press can handle single images up to 11" X 17" at one time/press


How much will it cost? - There is a $7.00 set-up fee to target in the area that needs to be engraved. If you have multiple items the same size, shape, and area to be engraved it is a one time fee. If you have more than one area on an item or different items, each would require the setup fee. Also, since we charge by run time in the machine and we won't know how long your engraving would take until its finished I can only give you a rough estimate.

How long will it take to engrave my item(s)? - We try to strive for a 48 hour turnaround time. We can do rush items for an additional charge.

What format does my file need to be in? - We can work with all images, but we prefer vector format files in .ai, .eps, .pdf.  Vector formats work best as they do not distort when re-sizing and they also have clean edges, whereas raster format files are pixilated so they don't have clean edges and do not come out as well when engraved and do distort if resized. If you are unsure what these two file formats are please see Wikipedia's image file format page.

What material can be laser engraved? - Below are just a few of the materials that can be laser engraved, cut, or marked with our CO2 Laser.

Material
Engrave
Cut 1/4"
Acrylic
x
x
Bare Metals
*

Ceramic
x

Coated Metals
x

Corian
x
x
Cork
x
x
Delrin
x
x
Fabric
x
x
Fiberglass
x
x
Glass
x

Leather
x
x
Marble
x

Matte Board
x
x
Melamine
x
x
Mylar
x
x
Paper
x
x
Plastic
x
x
Pressboard
x
x
Rubber
x
x
Wood
x
x

Note: * indicates that the marking process requires the use of a Laser Marking Material (LMM) such as Cermark or Thermark

What is metal, glass, and ceramic marking? - Laser Marking Material (LMM) such as Cermark, or Thermark is applied to the item, wherever the laser hits the LMM a reaction is created where the LMM bonds to the material creating a permanent black mark. LMM Cermark works on stainless steel, aluminum, tin, copper, brass, chromed steel, titanium, tungsten carbide and lead-coated steel. The material is also expected to work on niobium, tantalum, silver, gold, palladium, platinum and pewter.  It will not work on metals that already have a coating on them, such as a clear coat or lacquer. Marks on metal have withstood  military lubricants, salt water spray, high heat and abrasion tests.

What material cannot be laser engraved? - PVC coated or constructed items cannot be laser engraved, they will produce a gas that will damage the laser.

Do you engrave photographs? - Yes, we can laser engrave and sublimate photos,  but photographs need to have good contrast and high resolution to work well. It is suggested that photographs be at least 300 dpi. Also, most photographs typically need to be reworked in some way to allow good engraving which will be a fee of $20.00 per hour of work time with a one-hour minimum.

Do you engrave jewelry? - Typically no. We usually recommend that you contact a jeweler.

Do you engrave guns? - No. Please contact a machine shop or gunsmith.