If you want to provide laser engraved bricks or pavers for fundraising campaigns, the first and most important thing you will need is a tool to engrave them. The cleanest and easiest method for doing the job is with a laser engraver for bricks.
Fundraising bricks are a great way for organizations to raise funds, and your business can make a substantial amount of money providing the finished bricks. Provide high quality, laser engraved bricks, and your customers will always be satisfied.
Who needs fundraising/donor bricks?
Parks and Recreation
Schools and Universities
Laser Engraving vs. Sandblasting Bricks
Sandblasting bricks is a much more complicated process than laser engraving bricks. There are also risks involved: when sandblasting, bricks may chip or break away over time, causing the letters to become illegible. IOften times when sandblasting a filler is used (paint, epoxy, etc.) elements like sunlight, acid rain, and other harsh weather conditions will cause deterioration over time. If a filler is not used, moisture will get into the letters. If it freezes, or mildew/algae grow in the text, the brick will break down over time. Here are a few additional advantages to laser engraving bricks:
- Laser engraving bricks are permanent and will last a lifetime.The laser beam actually melts the clay of the brick into glass, creating a material that is stronger than the brick itself.
- Laser engraving is a natural process, and even considered “Green”! No solvents, paints or other materials are needed when engraving bricks.
- Laser engraving bricks are low maintenance.
A laser engraved brick produces a smooth, hard and permanent mark. Dirt and debris can easily be washed away. The mark will remain beautiful and clear for generations to come.
- Laser engraving bricks offers more possibilities.
Nearly any font can be used when engraving a brick. Logos, clip art and even custom artwork can be engraved into brick, providing your customer’s many options.
- Diversification opportunities
When you have a laser engraver for brick, you also have a machine that can alter the surface and look of dozens of other materials.
This photo shows the brick material turned into glass, the process of turning a substrate into glass is called “vitrification.” Notice how smooth and clean the engraving looks!
What to Look for in a Laser Engraver for Brick
A higher power laser, such as our 100w SN4836 is an excellent choice for engraving bricks. Brick engraving can be achieved with a lower power laser machine; however, you will more than likely need to do a few passes to create a desirable look. A large bed size will allow you to set up multiple bricks at once to complete a job more efficiently.
Profit Potential When Brick Engraving
A quick online search shows companies charging anywhere from $13 – $50 per brick engraving, depending on the size of the brick and the complexity of the design. Considering it takes hundreds of bricks to create a sidewalk or walkway, a single brick engraving job could make you thousands! We have a few customers who have completely paid for their laser machine with just one or two brick orders.
Have you ever engraved brick? If so, share your tips in the comments below!