Best Lasers for Different Uses
Laser engraving for bricks and granite can be a popular solution for engraving services on outdoor patios, installations and memorial sites. Laser engraved bricks can be a fairly common donation strategy that is used in many universities, walkways and parkways. If you are a company that is regularly responsible for providing laser engraved bricks or engraved stone memorials, you may want to consider the idea of using CO2 laser engravers over more traditional methods like sandblasting, water jet or a cutting tool.
CO2 lasers represent one of the fastest, cleanest and easiest ways that you can perform brick engraving with manufacturing technology today. The machine can be customized to engrave a variety of stone materials from granite to quartz, marble and even traditional stone bricks. Setting the machine up is quite easy and it won't be effected by extensive dust which is common in engraving services with stones.
Engraved bricks can be an excellent idea for a memorial effort or for fund raising. You may commonly see these types of engraved bricks to recognize donors at universities, donors for charitable organizations, in local parks, in memorials, in hospitals, zoos, for religious buildings, museums and with sports stadiums. Bricks can be pre-engraved before they are laid down in a specific pattern or replaced with engraved bricks as the walkway or installation is completed.
In the past, many organizations would use a sandblaster on site to actually engrave their bricks within an installation. Sandblasting bricks is a much more complicated set up that often requires far more energy and an extensive amount of maintenance on the machine to continue the process of engraving.
Sandblasting is also an extremely inaccurate process, it can be computer-controlled but it can often cause extensive stress on the bricks causing them to break away over time. If a piece is sandblasted for the first time it can often cause the letters to wear around the area that the brick was originally sandblasted. This can mean that some of your donors names could eventually become completely illegible.
With sandblasting commonly there is a filler that is used that can make its way into the cracks were engraving has been done. When this filler is not used properly it can cause a chance that moisture could fill into the engraved area, cause mold or mildew or freeze up which can eventually cause the entire brick to crack.
There is no need for epoxy or regular maintenance: A laser produces a no mess engraving solution that is completely smooth and permanent to mark. Because the brick remains sealed there's very little chance that water can form in the engraved mark to produce mildew or to crack the brick.
Laser engraving is stronger: any type of laser engraving does not compromise the look of the clay in the brick and it can actually lead to the brick becoming stronger in the area where it was engraved. This is because a CO2 laser can actually melt the clay into a stronger glass material which can be a greater hardness rating than the actual brick itself.
It is an environmentally friendly process: using a CO2 laser for engraving bricks requires very little energy, it doesn't require extensive material costs like sandblasting or the amount of water that is typically used for a waterjet. Because it produces completely natural results it also does not harm the surrounding environment in any respect.
It's more detailed: laser engraving any type of brick can be a far more accurate and detailed process. With the help of a laser engraver you can quite easily embed a photographic image, complete a passage, complete a date or a wealth of other possibilities. CO2 laser engravers with computer control can form far more detailed images than any type of sandblasting or cutting tool.
More creative construction projects: With the help of a program created for laser engraving on bricks you could have a walkway that all connects together to build logos, clip art and more engraved across the entire walkway. The images can quite easily line up in your construction project and the entire walkway will become quite easy to clean.
As you can see using a CO2 laser in place of previous applications for engraving brick, offers a far superior method for creating custom donor walkways, memorial installations and more with stone.