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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. The 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.

Tea coasters, key chains and laser etched gifts

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.

Tea coasters, key chains and laser etched gifts

Printed tea coasters made of acrylic

Tea coasters, key chains and laser etched gifts

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.

Tea coasters, key chains and laser etched gifts

Printed tea coasters made of acrylic

Tea coasters, key chains and laser etched gifts

laser etching on wodden keychain

Machine and materials used

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