Laser Engraver for Slate
With common materials like wood, granite or leather saturating the laser-engraved market, you need to be able to stand out in the crowd with unique materials that offer beautiful results. That is when a laser engraver for slate comes into the picture.
Slate is one of the few options that fit that niche. A softer, fine-grained, deep gray stone, slate has the potential for an array of different projects. By nature of the stone, it has a property called fissility that displays many thin, flat layers. This is what gives slate it’s rustic, beveled edge. However, it is also offered with a clean-cut, smooth edge to fit any application.
With some testing, research and little trial-and-error, our technicians have found some tricks for the best results when using a laser engraver for slate.
How to Engrave Slate
1) Clean the stone of any natural dust or particles with a damp cloth, and allow to dry.
2) Spray the stone with a thin, but even layer of clearcoat finish. Allow at least an hour to dry (refer to your can of clearcoat for more specific drying times)
3) Align and engrave with your AP Lazer machine
4) Wipe off with cloth to remove any residue from the laser process
5) Enjoy the amazing results slate has to offer!
With our 100W laser, we’ve found a speed of 20 and a power of around 22 to produce some excellent results, but please do a little testing to find a combination you prefer!
Slate is great for both line drawings and portraits; it has shown excellent precision with high contrast and detail. Using our laser engraver for slate, we’ve produced few different projects on slate, check out the results below:
There are dozens of slate applications, and a laser will only enhance the appearance of the slate. There are small items such as cheese boards, coasters and photo tiles that can be mass produced to make a profit. Larger applications for laser engraved slate are ideal for both indoor and outdoor areas including pool areas, patios, fireplaces, verandas and even flooring. It’s important to have a larger machine to accommodate larger jobs; the bigger the project, the more profit you will make!
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Why AP Lazer for Slate Engraving?
You probably know that there are dozens of laser machines on the market that are capable of engraving slate. But, what you may not know is that AP Lazer is unlike all of the other laser machines on the market. AP Lazer’s two part, open architecture design makes it possible for users to engrave virtually any size or weight matieral, with no restrictions.
AP Lazer’s features will allow you blast out of the competition by offering services they can not. A removable top makes it possible to laser engrave directly onto flooring of all types. See the AP Lazer difference here.
Lastly, compared to some other stones, slate is competitively priced. As a unique stone that offers outstanding potential, the profit margins for your business are huge!
If you’re interested in slate blanks in many different shapes and sizes, we are now featuring them in the AP Lazer Webstore. Click here to see what we offer.