Stone Laser Engraving

Marble, Basalt, Ceramic, Porcelain & Granite

marble laser engraving

There are no limits with stone laser engraving! Your own personal message, written in stone… What a perfect and clever idea for a gift! Engrave detailed photographs and any kind of graphic design you can think of with a Trotec laser engraver. You can even add a final, special touch to things like homewares and headstones.

A stone engraving laser is quick and efficient. It uses a CO2 laser source, so it will replicate a ‘matting’ effect as it engraves.

Stone Types Suitable for Laser Engraving:

  • Granite
  • Marble
  • Slate
  • Basalt
  • Marble
  • Salt Crystals
  • Pebbles
  • Garden Stones
  • Stone Tiles
  • Natural Stone
  • Ceramic / Porcelain

Stone laser engraving

See which stone types a laser can engrave



Application Examples & Uses for Stone Laser Engravers

Stone laser engraving works best on dark, polished, natural stones including granite, marble and basalt. If the stone is homogenous and fine-grained, your engraving results will be sharp and effective. White marble also works exceptionally well, as it produces a solid, white stone finish.

It is not possible to laser cut stones.

Application examples

  • Arts & Crafts
  • Decorations
  • Gift Items
  • Lucky Charms
  • Design
  • Interior Design
  • Stone Tiles
  • Headstones
laser engraving on marble

“Why should I buy a laser for stone engraving?”

During the engraving process, the surface of a stone is physically melted down – it is processed quickly and effectively. You don’t need to worry about creating a template when using a laser engraving machine, you can mark the stone directly. Laser technology is already the well-established ‘universal tool’ for marking stone, no matter the shape, thickness or intended use. You don’t need a separate tool-head when changing from stone engraving back to wood or plastic, which is required with a milling cutter. Save yourself and your company some money!

Function and advantages of laser technology

Incredible Design Opportunities

  • Any design can be created with a laser engraver, including logos, individual texts and photos. The sky is you only limit with laser technology!

Advantages of a Trotec laser

  • Ideal optics and optimal beam performance

Productive Processing

  • You don’t need to waste time or worry about creating a template for every individual job
  • No need to change tools, which can be common with milling cutters

Advantages of a Trotec laser

  • Speedy series: The fastest laser engravers available on the market with a maximum processing speed of 3.55m/sec and an acceleration of 5g

One Tool for All Shapes

  • There is no need to regularly spend money on new tools, which can be common for a milling cutter. This is save you a lot of money
  • The laser beam is the universal tool for cutting and engraving

Advantages of a Trotec laser

  • CeramiCore laser sources have a particularly long service life

Simple, High-Quality Manufacturing

  • Designs are created in your preferred graphics program and sent to the machine via the ‘print’ command

Advantages of a Trotec laser

  • JobControl® laser software: Simple, efficient and intuitive.

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Tips for Engraving Stone:

“What kinds of stones can be engraved with the laser?”

Stone laser etching and engraving works best on polished, dark or natural stones. This includes granite, marble and basalt. If the stone happens to be homogenous and fine-grained, the results will be beautiful and crisp. Pebbles and garden rocks can even be processed with a laser machine due to their smooth surfaces.

White marble is another perfect example of an ideal stone for etching and engraving. The results are beautiful – completely white – and dazzling. There will be no darkened, discoloured edges on white marble.

“Can stones be cut with the laser as well?”

It is not possible to laser cut stones.

“How do I get a stronger contrast when laser engraving on stone?”

To achieve a strong, contrasted effect on stones, you have the option of physically filling in the engraving marks with a synthetic resin or lacquer once you are finished laser processing the material. Especially in the case of polished, smooth stones, these resins and lacquers adhere particularly well to the engraved and roughened material.

“What do I need to consider when engraving photos onto stone?”

Unfortunately, it is impossible to find a stone that is completely and 100% smooth. Due to this, stones are usually best suited for coarsely rasterised images – 250-333dpi. Very fine and detailed images may be difficult to achieve under certain circumstances. However, this very much depends on the structure of your chosen workpiece, including size, colour, density and type.

We usually recommend keeping your lines thick and your graphics simple when it comes to stone engraving. But the sky is your only limit – show us what you can do!