Etching versus Engraving
While sometimes used interchangeably, etching and engraving are unique processes that provide distinct aesthetics and different depths.
- Etching the metal provides a light surface alteration. Etched materials can be made by routing out a small amount of material, but can also be realized through chemical processes.
- Engraving provides a deeper surface alteration with more significant amounts of material routed out.
There are several methods to achieve each process: from laser-etching to sandblasting, CNC-engraving to laser marking, and more. Each of these processes has advantages and disadvantages and can be selected based on the metal alloy and performance, as well as the end result and defining aesthetic.
To learn more about etching or engraving the material on your project, contact a member of the Zahner sales team and get started.