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Laser Engraved USB Flash Drives – Logos that last!

Posted by USB2U on 29th May 2012 | Permalink

If you’re thinking of ordering yourself some promotional USB flash drives and you’re fixed on getting them printed then you might just want to take a few minutes to consider getting your logo laser engraved rather than printed.

Whilst there is no escaping the fact that printing does look good and with printing you have a wide choice of flash drives models to choose from and you can of course get your logo printed in full colour. The downside with printing is that over time the print will begin to chip and wear away leaving behind a logo that might not be legible.  The resilience of the print will vary depending on the material that the USB stick is made from and how well they are printed in the first place.

Engraved USB Flash Drives

Engraved USB Flash Drives

Printing onto metal or aluminium USB flash drives can be tricky because you have to carefully clean and prime the metal surface before you print and then you need to bake them in a commercial print oven to get the print to adhere properly.  Any mistakes in this process can result in the ink coming off pretty quickly in general use.

Printed metal USB drives that are used on a key ring come in for a significant amount of punishment and are particularly susceptible because the sharp edges of the keys “break the tension” of the print on the metal and once this tension is compromised the rest of the print tends to flake away pretty quickly.

Digital printing or screen printing onto a plastic surface tends to offer a more robust solution but even these techniques won’t guarantee the print eventually failing.

If you really do want you logo to last and look as good after a few months as the day they were supplied then it’s definitely worth considering getting your USB flash drives laser engraved.

Engraved Flash Drives

Engraved Flash Drives

Laser engraving as the name suggests “etches” the surface leaving a high precision finish that is permanent and won’t rub or scratch off. Laser engraving is popular on a wide range of promotional products (including USB flash drives) but it’s a technique that is also widely used in industry to permanently mark medical devices, instruments, buttons, tags, car parts, bar codes and lots ore besides.

With engraving you will have to compromise on the colour the logo is produced in (but you can select a range of different coloured USB flash drives) but at least you’ll know the logo will be produced to a high level of accuracy and more fundamentally that it will last the test of time.


Perform Laser Light Tricks With USB Memory Sticks

Posted by USB2U on 23rd June 2011 | Permalink

Now here’s something a little bit different in the crowded world of promotional USB memory sticks – a USB memory stick with a built in laser pointer and an LED torch!!

The USB stick itself is pretty rugged, it’s made from stainless steel, and has a screw-on cap. It comes in memory sizes ranging from 128MB all the way up to a whopping 16GB and it can be printed or engraved with a logo or design of your choice. The minimum order quantity is only 50 pieces.

On the side of the USB memory stick are two discrete buttons that control the laser or LED light. The red laser pointer is not strong enough to cause any harm but it is good enough to use in presentations or meetings.

Laser USB Flash Drive

Laser USB Flash Drive

An obvious illustration of how the Laser USB memory stick could be used is:

1.      Create you presentation and save it onto the Laser USB Memory Stick

2.      Arrive at your customers offices or at the seminar you’re presenting at and copy your presentation from the Laser USB memory stick onto any PC connected to the projector

3.      Run through your presentation using the red laser pointer integrated into the USB stick to illustrate any key points of interest

4.      After you’ve given your presentation if it’s dark outside you can use the integrated light to find your way to your car or read the A-Z map 😉

If you’re running a conference or seminar and you’re looking for something to hand out to the delegates at the end of the event then these laser USB sticks would be a great idea. They could be pre-loaded with all of the presentations and speakers notes from the day together with any advertising material about future seminars or conferences. The additional laser and light features differentiate this from “ordinary” USB flash drive and make it more of a business gift.

If you’d like to see how the Laser USB memory stick might look like with your logo on just give us a call or fill in our on-line quote team and we’ll mock up a version(s) for you.