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My friend Colonel Anand Karve had a specific requirement. He needed tea coasters for the Bombay Sappers army mess in Pune. But these had to be personalized and could not be bought off the shelf. TheĀ coasters had to be inscribed with his unit’s coat of arms and motto. The quantities were not enough to justify a mass production option like screen printing.

So we printed his logo on a sheet of 5 mm sun board and cut it on a router in a circular shape. The print was laminated and sun board is made of plastic. So the whole product was water proof.

printed tea coasters

printed tea coasters

 

The images below show a similar product. Desai Brothers Ltd., Pune needed just 50 pieces for their board of directors room. If you look closely at the second image, you will notice that we have given a slight glitter effect.

Printed tea coasters made of acrylic

Printed tea coasters made of acrylic

glitter film on the print makes the image sparkle

glitter film on the print makes the image sparkle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Laser engraving can also be used to create gift items like personalized key chains. Shown below are images of laser engraving done on MDF, also known as particle wood.

Wooden keychain with image laser etched

Wooden keychain with image laser etched

laser etching on wodden keychain

laser etching on wodden keychain

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Machine and materials used

  • GCC Laserpro engraver
  • MDF / particle board
  • Acrylic
  • Sunboard
  • Glitter film