Lava Lab offers state-of-the-art laser cutting services from the river banks of Richmond, Virginia, USA. Our laser cutting machines take precision and speed to a new level, and our ability to work with them over the years has become a well-nurtured skill. Lasers can cut or etch a wide range of materials in the most complex of designs and pictures with superior detail. It is all up to the imagination – the laser will do the rest.

Whether you are working on a new product or the packaging for your product line, Lava Lab can laser engrave and cut your designs. We also offer design illustration and file preparation for laser cutting. Engravings are made from bitmap images and can be optimized to look as dark and sharp as desired on many materials such as wood, glass, acrylic, metal, granite, leather, and more. Laser cutting is usually done with vector files made with design applications such as Adobe Illustrator (*.ai).

Laser Engraving

  • Vector engraving is for etching lines that are the width of the laser beam (approximately 0.01″); it is just like laser cutting, but the laser does not cut all the way through the material. Vector engraving is limited to line art and line vector drawings. We can use a variety of file types including DXF, DWG, CDR, AI, PDF, and SVG.
  • Raster engraving is slower and more costly than vector engraving, and is used for engraving bitmaps (JPG or GIF files of logos, photos, etc.), text, and filled-in areas of your vector drawing file. Raster engraving is more flexible; you can engrave thin lines as well as recessed areas. The laser blasts away material one pixel at a time, similar to the printing process used by inkjet printers. We usually raster engrave at 400 dpi, but we can use lower resolutions and can also use 600 dpi and 1200 dpi settings.

Laser Cutting

Materials for Laser Cutting