Edging a plate

How to Double Your Laser Productivity: Vector versus raster engraving

Josh Stephens is the lead applications expert for Trotec Laser. He has been in the industry for over six years and can be frequently seen teaching classes at various trade shows across the country.

For some applications (such as edging a plate), scoring the frame (vector engraving) rather than engraving it (raster engraving) can save a lot of time.

Using this method, the border line is created as a vector (hairline) in the graphic. When engraving, the vectors are traced, while raster engraving works line by line in X direction.

When engraving a project such as the featured image, for example, you could save up to 2/3 of your work time if you score the edge instead of raster engraving it.

—Josh Stephens, Trotec Laser