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Laser texturing: discover the D.R.E®

Laser texturing is a combination of high-technology and know-how. That's why the R&D Dept. of ML Engraving has developed the D.R.E® - Design Rendering Engineering, a revolutionary digital process that joins together the creative area along with the technical and productive areas. By means of D.R.E® every creative idea can be turned into a texture and laser engraved on moulds with the highest accuracy in every single detail. Laser texturing: the new frontier of product design.

D.R.E® Render of a shoe with the texture
The D.R.E® - Design Rendering Engineering project starts up in 2005 after in-depth studies of the R&D Dept of ML Engraving, in order to improve the laser texturing service on moulds.

Today D.R.E® represents the heart and soul of ML Engraving and it has let to a revolution in the world of textures, that is the complete digitation of the process from planning to laser engraving.
 
The development of D.R.E® - Design Rendering Engineering has required the application of a variety of softwares, that come from digital animation, special effects and 3D modelling . ML Engraving has elaborated technical solutions that can be combined with its technology and that have made it possible to engrave 3D textures with laser, from geometric to natural ones, on every king of metal surfaces.


By means of D.R.E® - Design Rendering Engineering, ML Engraving is able to:

  • engrave 3D textures with laser on every surface, even the most complex,
  • create an Executable Rendering to be sent to the CNC machine,
  • check every step of the working process,
  • map the file texture on the file body of the mould and check deformations, seams and distortions,
  • avoid down times: the digital file is prepared while the mould is still under construction.


The jewels of ML Engraving:  3D textures

The combination of D.R.E® - Design Rendering Engineering and laser technology give birth to the laser texturing process. This exclusive technology overcomes the limits of traditional methods that used a manual workflow.

The great advantage of laser technology in the world of superficial textures on moulds for plastic or rubber materials is represented by 3D textures, the real jewels of ML Engraving. ML Engraving is the only Company in the world able to engrave 3D texture on moulds or metal items. By means of D.R.E® - Design Rendering Engineering ML Engraving answers the most exigent need of its Clients texturing geometric patterns, natural finishes such as snake leather, rock or wood or even hand drawings designed by artists.

Another ML Engraving exclusive is the Hybrid Technique, that combines laser photo engraving with the traditional method of chemical etching. The Hybrid Technique is highly recommended for 2D textures on big dimension dies: firstly ML Engraving lays the pattern of the texture on the mould with the laser beam. After that, the depth is reached by means of the etching method, that provides shorter working times than the laser engraving.


 

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