Vytek Laser Etching Machines

Laser Etching Process

The laser etching process removes the polished surface (shiny part) of the granite to show the unpolished granite beneath in varying depths to create the image. You can think of the laser etching machine as a big printer, since the majority of the work is done on a computer and then sent to the laser for "printing".

In order to produce a granite etching, it must first be designed by a graphic artist. The artist will use photo editing software such as Adobe Photoshop to create a BMP file containing the lettering, designs, & photos that are to be laser etched on the monument. Designs and photos must be carefully enhanced by the graphic artist so fine details such as the outline of a nose or teeth are visible in the granite engraving or marble etching.

The white and gray areas of the design are where the laser etches and the black areas are where no etching occurs and the black granite remains. This is why when a photo of someone with black or brown hair is etched a lighter background or soft glow outline around them is required to show where their hair starts and the background begins.

After the images are enhanced as needed, the final BMP file is processed using photo engraving software such as Photograve. Final adjusts to the image are made in this software and the file is saved in a shared folder than can be accessed on the laser. The rest of the process involves the laser only. This process makes permanent photos on headstones possible.

ABOVE: (Top photo) 1 of our Vytek LSTAR Laser Etchers (Bottom photo) Our FX Laser Etcher
VIDEO ABOVE: 1 of our Vytek LSTAR Lasers in the process of etching a photo on granite.
VIDEO ABOVE: 1 of our Vytek LSTAR Lasers in the process of etching lettering on granite.
VIDEO ABOVE:Our Vytek FX Laser Etcher in the process of etching lettering on Marble

 

headstone design
laser etching granite
granite polishing
ABOVE: Before etching, the graphic must first be
layed out & enhanced by a Graphic Artist.
ABOVE: Our Vytek FX Laser in the process of
etching a photo onto a granite vase.
ABOVE: Although they are rare...mistakes happen!
In this photo is one of our Fabricators polishing
a laser etching mistake out of the surface.
 
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