Choosing the Right 3D Engraving Laser Machine

'ASCII CNC 13', © 2012 Windell Oskay, used under a Creative Commons Attribution (creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/legalcode)

‘ASCII CNC 13′, © 2012 Windell Oskay, used under a Creative Commons License (creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/legalcode)

Are you planning on starting your own 3D engraving company or just investing in a machine as a hobby? Whatever the reason for your choice, it is handy to know a few facts and tips when choosing your machine. Here are some things to take into account before you purchase a 3D engraving beauty. Continue reading

The Famous British 3D Trophy Collection

'Project 365 Day 130: Flag', © Peter aka anemoneprojectors, used under a Creative Commons Attribution (creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/legalcode)

‘Project 365 Day 130: Flag’, © Peter aka anemoneprojectors, used under a Creative Commons License (creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/legalcode)

America is home to many world famous cups, however Britain has a few trophies of its own to be proud of too. The British 3D trophy designs hold their own place in history amongst the US trophies, such as the Stanley Cup. Some of the most prestigious events in the world are hosted in the UK, for example, the renowned Ashes, the famous FIFA World Cup and the British Open. This is certainly no time for any team to take their eye off the prize especially since the 3D trophy could change their life forever. Continue reading

3D Engraving a Gift for Life

Laser Cut Feather

Laser Cut Feather, © 2013 Solarbotics, used under a Creative Commons License (creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/legalcode)

3D engraving is an innovative design tool that can be used to spice up any old boring object. Take a simple paperweight for example. You could turn a boring glass block into a map of the road trip you and your friends went on last summer. Images and messages can even be incorporated into this idea to make it as detailed and as fun as you like. What else are you able to do with 3D engraving? Let’s take a look. Continue reading

The Basic 3D Engraving Process

deimanto graviravimas

‘deimanto graviravimas’, © 2011 Graviravimas Vilniuje, used under a Creative Commons License (creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/legalcode)

Many companies like to be one of a kind by offering their clients something unique like a versatile 3D engraving. On the other hand there are companies that search for décor and advertising platforms, which will make them stand out from the crowd. Once again, 3D engraving seems to lend itself perfectly to these companies. Learn more about how this simple technique has transformed design and technology. Continue reading

Welcome To The World of 3D Engraving| 3DesignCenter

'cross cup trophies - complete set', Craig Berscheidt,  used under a Creative Commons License (creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/legalcode) and edited by 3Designcenter.

‘cross cup trophies – complete set’, Craig Berscheidt, used under a Creative Commons License (creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/legalcode) and edited by 3Designcenter.

There is an art to 3D engraving and the design world does not have to stop at the 3D designers. Are you interested in giving engraving a go? Along with a steady hand and a brief overview of the process you are more than ready to begin your very own 3D engraving journey. Continue reading

The Art Of 3D Engraving Explained| 3DesignCenter

'170 - Typing',Hillary, used under a Creative Commons License (creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/legalcode).

’170 – Typing’,Hillary, used under a Creative Commons License (creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/legalcode).

If you are in the souvenir or trophy design trade then surely you must have come across the retro design technique known as 3D engraving? This involves a laser beam being used to etch a design into a suitable material such as crystal. The design technique can bring artwork and images to life within the body of the glass block. Bespoke trophies and custom-made designs can be engraved into unique products to mark all sorts of special occasions and have continuously proven to be a popular gift choice.

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A 3D Trophy An Example of Joined-up Production| 3DesignCenter

'NikeM2008Prizes 006', Lawrence,  used under a Creative Commons License (creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/legalcode).

‘NikeM2008Prizes 006′, Lawrence, used under a Creative Commons License (creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/legalcode).

Companies across the world are now collaborating in order to further develop all aspects of design and marketing of the 3D trophy. The potential of this product has taken hold of global businesses that wish to move manufacturing, retail, design and the marketing side of the industry forward. This unique form of design may be the perfect way to offer the opportunity to less economically developed countries to financially benefit fairly from this product.

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The History of the Sporting Trophy| 3DesignCenter

'Trophies', Snap®,  used under a Creative Commons License (creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/legalcode) and edited by 3Designcenter.

‘Trophies’, Snap®, used under a Creative Commons License (creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/legalcode) and edited by 3Designcenter.

Every sporting champion looks forward to that sweet moment when they are handed a ribbon, a plate or a trophy after a hard tournament. The prize becomes a priceless memento for the receiver, and one that will immortalise the feeling of a sporting success for years to come. There have been an array of prizes awarded over the years, from a simple medal to the intricately laser cut 3D trophy. This unique trophy deserves some recognition of its own. Let’s explore the history of the 3D trophy.

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How Custom 3D Engraving Is Achieved

Laser cut and engraved armadillo notepad - Closeup (c) 2012 by Alan Reeves, used under a Creative Commons licence (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/legalcode)

Laser cut and engraved armadillo notepad (c) 2012 by Alan Reeves,
used under a Creative Commons licence (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/legalcode)

3D engraving is a popular design technique used to replicate images and photographs onto mediums such as acrylic, MDF, glass and crystal. It is important to choose a high quality design to form a high quality product. One is reliant on the other. Therefore, it may be a wise idea to find a good design team which can support you through the creative process.

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Giving the Gift of Technology – 3D Etching Comes of Age

Can You Etch It (c) 2012 by Alan Reeves, used under a Common Creatives license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/legalcode)

Take gift giving to the next level by using crystal as your medium. In a day and age where everything has become disposable, from books and cards to mother-in-laws, it is important for the consumer to find something personal. 3D etching is a unique design technique which allows businesses and clients to explore a different avenue of marketing and gift giving. This type of technology is applicable on a variety of materials such as acrylic, MDF, wood, glass and crystal.

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