What should I keep in mind when engraving powder-coated mugs?

When working with powder-coated mugs, like the ones in the Polar Camel line from JDS, the key is to keep the mug level when engraving. The laser rotary should be elevated on one side with a level placed on the surface of the mug to ensure that the length is accurately focused. It is also important to properly process and clean the powder coating off the mugs. Either run two passes on the mug with the laser or run one pass and then apply an industrial cleaner/degreaser combined with a magic eraser. This removes the excess residue and cleans the metal engraving.

   —Trotec Laser

David Stevens, Trotec Laser

David Stevens

David Stevens is renowned in the industry for his teaching abilities and helping customers improve their laser processing techniques. For nearly two decades, he held multiple roles at Universal Laser, including applications la manager, where he built, designed, and produced Universal's catalog of laser parameters and standardized settings, spending more than 25,000+ hours testing and learning all known materials and its reaction with laser processing, becoming an industry leader in laser technology. He recently joined Trotec Laser Inc. as the industrial applications manager and heads the West Coast Applications & Inspiration Lab.

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