Ceramics have been used by humans for thousands of years to create both practical and decorative objects. With the advance of laser engraving technology, ceramics can now be personalized and decorated with detailed designs and patterns, enabling endless creative possibilities for makers, artists, as well as hobbyists.
In this blog, we will share everything you need to know to get started with laser engraving ceramics. We will explore the laser engraving on ceramics, including the types of ceramics suitable for laser engraving, the types of lasers used, and a step-by-step tutorial of processing ceramics with a visible blue laser using different methods including LaserPecker LP2.
Laser engraving ceramics is not easy, as it requires some procedures before and after engraving. Our goal is to help you navigate the learning curve and take your laser engraving skills to the next level.
Here is the outline of this blog:
1. A brief introduction to ceramics.
2. What types of ceramics are suitable for laser engraving?
3. What types of lasers are suitable for ceramics?
4. Step-by-step tutorial of processing ceramics with visible blue laser (with my product LP2)
4.1 Using black markers to paint the ceramic surface (not recommended after actual test)
4.2 Using Norton White Title Method (more complicated)
4.3 Using a black marking paper to cover the surface (recommended)
A brief introduction to ceramics
Ceramics refers to inorganic, nonmetallic materials made from clay and hardened by heating. Ceramics form when clay particles bond together during heating, a process known as sintering. Clays contain mineral fragments, carbonaceous materials, and metal oxides which fuse together to create glassy or crystalline ceramics.
Ceramics are typically durable and wear-resistant, making them ideal for use in various environments. Ceramics also have exceptional thermal stability, enabling them to endure high temperatures without deforming or breaking.
Additionally, they are chemically inert, meaning they do not react with most chemicals and are resistant to corrosion. These properties make ceramics suitable for use in various industries, including aerospace, automotive, electronics, and medical.
In our daily lives, ceramics are used in the form of pottery, tableware, and decorative items. They are also used in the construction industry as bricks, tiles, and pipes, providing strength and durability to buildings and infrastructure.
What types of ceramics are suitable for laser engraving?
The most suitable types of ceramics for laser engraving are those that have a high contrast between the surface and the underlying material. Some common types of ceramics that are suitable for laser engraving include porcelain, stoneware, and glazed ceramics.