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Here you will find background information and key data on interior glass engraving in general, on our company and brand understanding as well as pricing for custom-made 2D and 3D interior glass engravings.

With our detailed 3D glass engraving and the special BBCrystal laser glass, we offer high quality products that set themselves apart from the conventional standard. Virtually all relevant elements of an object are perfectly discernible in the engraving thanks to the refined shading of the grey tones. We are the leader in this field and offer effective 3D engraving products for strong brands in the premium segment with the phenolux brand – made to impress.

Our collections live up to this claim with products optimised especially for the retail sector, supplied ready for sale with attractive outer packaging. We have been successfully operating several museum and lifestyle shops ourselves through our corporate group for more than 25 years. Retailing is where we have our roots and we are familiar with all aspects of this sector. This means we consistently take the relevant concerns of retailers into account in product development.

The manufacturing process from the motif to the finished, lasered product with laser engraving involves several development stages. We describe the steps relevant for our customers in our design process. Here we would like to briefly explain the technical side in addition.

A point cloud (laser dataset) is generated based on a motif (photo, graphic, logo or 3D file) after various preliminary work and with the help of special software. Generating the point cloud for 3D objects involves several steps. The 3D point cloud is usually comprised of several hundred thousand points distributed in an X-Y-Z coordinate system. The laser operating software uses this point cloud to calculate the respective lasering process per motif, which takes a varying amount of time depending on the number of points and the extent of the point cloud. Then the laser beam is generated in the laser diode module, conducted into the laser head, and leaves the objective lens as a light ray bundle after being deflected by several mirrors. This light beam is able to penetrate the stress-free glass surface and is focused in the respective laser point of the X-Y-Z position. Tiny changes are produced in the glass material as a result – star-shaped cracks in the micrometre range. They alter the composition of the glass and, by changing the refraction of light, make the lasered point and subsequently the entire motif visible.

We use precision laser equipment with a diode-pumped solid state laser and a wavelength of 532nm for our 2D and 3D glass engravings. The laser produces a green light (green laser) that, compared to a red laser with a wavelength of 1064nm, generates laser points with a much higher resolution and is therefore able to process our highly detailed phenolux crystal engraving extremely well.

Current retailer price lists for our collections are available from our distributor 4everTrend GmbH.

Our prices for individual engraving products and custom fabrication are highly dependent on the data you are able to provide to us, the design method that is of interest to you for 3D engraving and the motif in question. The information that follows is without commitment and merely intended to provide an indication. A binding offer will be made after reviewing your data.

3D engraving laser data:
Providing 3D laser data reduces the overall costs and is generally not included in our price calculation. Your data are reviewed at no charge. Producing a 3D point cloud (laser file) using the conventional method is a cost-effective option for 3D crystal engraving due to the reduced effort. This method is very well suited for certain motifs such as vehicle engines or technical equipment. We would not recommend the phenolux method in these cases. The approximate design costs with the standard method are EUR 100.00 to EUR 200.00 depending on the motif. Preparing 3D point clouds using the phenolux method for free-standing 3D objects is very time-consuming. We invest about 5-7 working days in this, and corresponding one-time design costs are incurred. These may amount to EUR 800.00 – 1,000.00 with delivery of the 3D data. Depending on the type of motif, we are happy to offer cooperation by sharing the overall costs and obtaining unrestricted usage rights to the point cloud. You will find this model explained in more detail as an example under design packages. Point clouds for 3D scenes (such as those presented in the Architecture collection) are a special case. They can only be priced after knowing and reviewing the motif.

2D engraving laser data:
You need to supply us with a photo, graphic, logo or text to prepare laser data for 2D engraving. Costs of EUR 10.00 – 50.00 are incurred for the conversion to laser data. This does not include any image editing that may be required (outlining, background removal) or other preliminary work.

Unit costs for the chosen raw glass are incurred in addition for each lasered glass. Setup costs are generally not charged for initial orders. They may apply for subsequent orders depending on the order volume. Visualisations for product approval (screenshots or similar) are free of charge. Approval samples may be billable depending on the effort and order volume.

VAT and shipping costs are added to all prices.