Awards & Engraving

December '16

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A&E DECEMBER 2016 • a-e-mag.com 21 Laser Engraving of the previous laser engraved graphics. The next step was to laser mark the cross- stitch pattern. The cross-stitch pattern is extremely useful for this type of application as it almost fools the human eye due to its textured nature. For the cross-stitch pat- tern, we chose to place more spacing between the hatch lines. We also chose to slightly modify our laser settings for the cross-stitch pattern, which would enhance the textured look of the pat- tern. Specifically, we increased the power slightly, which allowed the laser to "bite" more into the metal. After adding the cross-stitch pattern, the graphics were obscured. Our client asked that we also place the company name on top of the cross-stitch pattern. We knew we had to place the new graphics on top of the newly frosted and textured rectangle. Even though I told the client that the textured cross-stitch pattern may prevent us from obtaining a crisp graphic, I felt rather confident that this was still possible. When it comes to fiber and Nd:YAG lasers, you've got heightened and detailed control over your laser settings, allowing you to change the appearance of your laser marked graphics, especially when dealing with metals. We made sure that we did not move the watch once we completed the laser marked box. Our first attempt to laser mark the company name (Enbridge) worked but it was rather subtle. To improve the contrast of the graphics, we laser marked a thin black outline around the wording. The look was rather subtle, yet quite legible. In most cases as laser engravers, we are asked to add graphics, but in this unique situation, we were asked to hide some- thing. So the next time you find yourself at the local coffee shop, you can brag about how positive a cover-up can be. Richard Korbyl manages the family business, Columbia Awards, in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. He has been involved with the awards industry for over 20 years. If you have any questions or comments, contact Richard at 1-780-438-3266 or rkorbyl@columbia- awards.com. Comments? Respond to aefeed- back@nbm.com. A cross-stitch pattern was used to help hide the remaining graphics. By increasing the spacing of the hatch fill and sightly modifying the laser settings, a subtle textured pattern is created. By using a combination of hatch-filled boxes, a cross- stitch textured pattern and a darkened outline around the text, the completed re-engraved watch is shown. A&E

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