Laser Engraving

Laser engraving is appropriate for surfaces that produce a high contrast.

Black Maglites produce a matt silver result and offer excellent contrast.

Highly polished chrome products engrave exceptionally well.

Matt silver finishes generally produce minimal contrast and the effect is discreet.


Life expectancy

Laser engraving is permanent and lasts for the life of the product.


Advantages to this decoration method

Permanent decoration and the ability to engrave variable information such as individual names or sequential numbering.


Disadvantages on this decoration method

Laser engraving is a discreet form of decoration and the effect is subtle.


Average lead–times

Average turnaround is 7 days.



We highly recommend engraving pre-production samples and often insist on it if we encounter a product that produces a very subtle result. A pre-production sample requires an additional set-up. This cost is in addition to the normal set-up.  It usually adds 1-2 days to the turnaround.


Multi colour images

Not applicable to laser engraving.


Smallest possible artwork font size

Minimum font size for text legibility is 0.5 mm high (2pt)


Popular items that are commonly engraved

Pens and key rings are the most commonly engraved item.

USB flash drives are very popular at the moment.


Set-up costs

There are set-up costs involved with laser engraving.


Repeat Set-up costs

Repeat orders include the cost of preparing an artwork layout for approval and setting up the machine for a particular products to be engraved.

The job requires the same amount of set-up time for repeat orders, and therefore includes a repeat set-up charge.

Repeat set-up costs are usually 60% of the original set-up costs.


Acceptable Electronic Artwork Formats

  • Adobe Illustrator files (up to version 11)
  • Corel Draw files (up to version 12)
  • Vecta-based files
  • EPS files