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5 Reasons Why You Should Invest in a Laser Engraving Machine

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For a long period of time manual engraving machines (also known as pantograph engraving machines) were the only type of engraving equipment available in the market. Fast forward to 2022 and we now have the ability to cut, mark and engrave a wide range of surfaces with non-contact technology. 

We may be a bit biased, but we believe that laser technology is the best available for marking and engraving purposes, and that's why we love to share our excitement for innovations in laser technologies everyday!

But why should you invest in a laser engraving machine? Here are 5 reasons why.


A laser engraving machine is like a swiss army knife! It can easily work with a variety of metals and plastics – including different material thicknesses. Laser engraving machines can work with:

  • Metals and Alloys
  • Wood
  • Plastic
  • Leather
  • Slate
  • Precious Metals

Laser Engraved Plastic Blue Barcode

Unlike other labelling technologies, such as ink or paper labels, laser etching is created by directly altering a surface of an object. As a result, the mark is more resistant to heat, scratching and general wear-and-tear. 

A laser engraved mark will remain readable for the part’s useful life with better readability than other direct part marking technologies. In fact, laser etching can withstand non-abrasive treatments including e-coating, powder coating and heat treating.


Laser technology doesn't come without safety risks. We have written over in another blog about the importance of laser safety equipment. It is important to always observe the correct safety procedures. That being said, we don't mean to scare you - as long as the correct procedures are followed, laser marking machines are a safe technology to use with far fewer breaking parts and much less waste. 

Laser Safety Glasses


How much money can be made from a laser engraving machine is largely dependent on the nature of the business investing in one, and the products/items they are marking. That being said, we have written on our blog about the potential ROI for businesses who want to offer personalisation - particularly those in the jewellery and gift sectors. Even in manufacturing, the ROI can be seen in other ways - wasting less raw materials, less parts breaking and engraving speed are all benefits which ultimately save businesses significant amounts of money.


Laser engraving can generate black, white and shades of grey. For high-quality markings and part traceability, black and white offers the best contrast. There are a range of different types of marks that can achieve different finishes. We have some more in depth information here:


So, there we have it. 5 reasons why you should make the decision to invest in a laser engraving machine. We hope this blog has explained exactly why we are so confident at Needham Laser Tech in the benefits of laser technology. If you'd like to learn more about our products and range of laser engraving systems, here is our product brochure:



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