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Try This: Laser Engraving Metal Utensils

Devon Posey is a graphic designer at Epilog Laser. With a bachelor’s degree in graphic design from Harding University in Arkansas, Posey has been working in the graphic design field since graduation, and some of her top skills include web design, corporate branding, packaging design, photography, and creating eblasts. Posey focuses on web and print design, sample creations, and developing laserable ideas to help enable customer access.

Whether it’s for a summer cookout, a local restaurant, or cooking at home, these metal utensils are the perfect gift for grill masters and gourmet chefs alike. Add a personal touch to these tools with a logo, name, or a creative quote. Laser engraving metal cooking utensils (or any metal tool) is a fast and easy customization offering to add to your product lineup.

Materials needed:

  • Utensils
  • A metal-marking agent, such as Enduramark, CerMark, or LaserBond 

Note: If you have a fiber laser system there is no need for a metal-marking agent. You are able to directly mark upon the metal.

  • Laser system

We used a Helix 60w:

  • Raster: speed 15%; power 100%; 300 DPI
  • Stucki engraving and Center-Center engraving

Step One: Setup

Spray the utensils with an even coat of your metal-marking compound over the desired engraving area. Let dry for at least 5 minutes. If you have a fiber laser system, you can skip this step.

Download the graphics and import it into your graphics software. Modify as necessary.

All images courtesy Epilog. 

Step Two: Prepare artwork

If you are using the Center-Center Engraving feature, set a new home position in the center of your piece using the red dot pointer as a guide. To ensure the graphic is placed where you want it, you may also draw an outline around the graphic and send it to the laser with 100 speed and 0 power, then turn on the red dot pointer at your machine’s control panel. Keep the lid to the laser open and watch the red dot pointer trace the outline. Back in your graphics software, adjust the graphic as necessary to fit the utensil.

Step Three: Send the job to the laser

Send the job to the laser with the correct parameters for your machine wattage. You can find recommended material settings in your machine’s manual. When using a metal-marking compound, start with low speed and high power settings.

 

Once your graphic is finished engraving, rinse off the marking compound with water and you are ready to use or gift your new custom cooking utensils.

Where can you sell laser engraved cooking utensils?

  • Restaurants
  • Kitchenware/home goods stores
  • Specialty gift shops
  • Culinary expos
  • As personalized housewarming gifts