Choosing a method to create customized, unique products can be tricky. Whether it’s for clientele at your company or a thoughtful gift for your family, there are plenty of ways to make your vision come to life…and let’s be real it can get really confusing. One of the most commonly asked questions is, “What’s the difference between embossing and engraving?” We’ve got you covered.


Embossing is a technique in which a raised design is added to a material. Typically a custom die is used to transfer the design to its medium and is done using a stencil or stamp. This process can either be done by hand or using machinery and is typically a better option for the mass production of a product.


Engraving differs from embossing in that it requires cutting into the material to produce a design. This can be done using laser tools and utilizes software for the creation of the design. This process is better for individual pieces.

Engraving – The TruCarve Way

Our goal when we built TruCarve was to give our customers flexibility. The equipment we have invested in gives us the flexibility to provide our customers with the proper choices for their engraving needs. With our CO2 lasers, we can engrave a vast selection of materials including wood, fabric, plastic, glass, and some metals. With our fiber lasers, we add the flexibility of deep engraving and cutting ferrous and non-ferrous metals.

To get an engraving to look detailed, uniform, and accurate to the digital file, you have to keep it the exact distance from the laser head and stable.  Numerous accessories allow us to engrave around the circumference of items using multiple rotary-style attachments. We currently offer 5 styles of rotary equipment, giving us tremendous flexibility and vastly improving the quality and consistency.

Next time you’re looking for that unique, personalized piece for someone, choose TruCarve to help create a lasting impression.