Leading the world in sandcarving solutions.

Headquartered in Duluth, Minnesota, IKONICS Imaging is the world leader in total sandcarving solutions. Manufacturing sandcarving equipment and materials, the team operate a Trotec Speedy 300 80 watt CO2 laser engraving machine. Alongside their extensive product offerings, they also take pride in the resources they offer to businesses across the country, including training and support for business expansion. The customer base is wide and varied, ranging from the awards and personalisation markets to the architectural and automotive markets. Their Speedy 300 laser engraver has increased the accuracy and productivity for prototyping and stencil designs.

Creating a new laser film

IKONICS Imaging makes a laserable film to use in conjunction with their sandcarving equipment. This laser film creates a protective barrier for the materials that will be sandcarved, such as glass, stone, or metal. The material is placed in a laser, and a design is cut into the laser film, creating a stencil. From there, the design can be sandcarved while the laser film protects the rest of the material, leaving a beautifully detailed design.
The team discovered that their green laser film had some limitations, including a very aggressive adhesive, making it difficult to readjust. It was also significantly stretchy, making it difficult to produce fine details. Based on customer feedback, the team decided to develop a new and improved laserable film. Their Speedy 300 allowed them to perform thorough testing of their new laser film prototypes, eventually resulting in a brand new line of laser film perfectly tailored to meet their customers' application needs. The laser engraver was used to test the new film to make sure it burned clean and was capable of creating high-resolution images. Their new laser film is not as stretchy as their previous laser film, which allows for dimensional stability. It is also easy to remove, making readjustments and colour filling an easy task.

With the quality of IKONICS Imaging sandcarving equipment, when we got our Trotec Laser we were very pleased with the quality because it matched what we see in our sandcarving equipment. With the support that we get from the Trotec staff, any questions that we have, has been amazing.

Dan Kamben
Formulation Chemist

"The Trotec was basically the Cadillac of the industry." - Dan Kamben

The team at IKONICS did a lot of research prior to investing in a laser machine due to their requirements, a high-end laser system that would cover all of their bases. Engraving was a key focus, with the team needing a machine that could engrave fine details with speed and precision while pushing the resolution limits of their laser films. The fast pulse rates of the Speedy laser engraving machine allows them to maintain speed while creating precise detail. Needing a laser machine to help develop a laser film to accommodate a laser for holding detail while also offering the durability for deep carving in a sand carver, IKONICS has been able to achieve this goal since investing in the Speedy laser engraving machine from Trotec. 

Sandcarving and laser engraving: the perfect partnership

Trotec Laser has a partnership with IKONICS Imaging and JDS Industries to create unique educational seminars centred around three popular types of business technologies- sandcarving, <a href="t3://page?uid=13071">laser engraving</link>, and sublimation. These seminars cover the basics of material processing and business expansion through lectures and hands-on training. Attendees learn the best way to integrate the technologies together to sell items in the awards, promotional products, and giftware markets.

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