Efficiently Engrave Images

Amy Dallman is the marketing communications specialist for Epilog Laser. To request the complete version of Epilog’s Guidebook to Starting a Cutting and Engraving Business, email sales@epiloglaser.com or call toll free 888-437-4564.

Depending on the artwork, you can increase your efficiency and decrease the time it takes to engrave an image by changing the orientation of your file. Many users set up their artwork in portrait mode and then rotate the artwork 90 degrees if they are going to print from landscape mode. 

The landscape mode engraves faster because there’s less turnaround time as the laser makes longer passes across the engraving table. For example, at 100 percent speed and 100 percent power in portrait mode, this graphic will take 56 minutes, 56 seconds, while in landscape mode it takes 38 minutes, 54 seconds – that’s a 34 percent time savings. 

It’s important to keep in mind that not all engraving projects engrave better in landscape mode – it really depends on the graphic being engraved and how much white space there is in the design. We always recommend positioning your graphics to minimize engraving dead space where the head travels but has nothing to engrave. 

—Amy Dallman, Epilog