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A bubblegram (also known as laser crystal, 3D crystal engraving or vitrography) is a solid block of glass or transparent plastic that has been exposed to laser beams to generate three-dimensional designs inside. The image is composed of many small points of fracture or other visible deformations and appears to float inside the block.
Each point is created by a laser beam focused to high intensity at that location by a computer-controlled optomechanical system. A complex or highly detailed image occupying a 5 cm (2 inch) cubic volume typically requires the creation of tens of thousands of such points.
Bubblegram images may be created by intersecting laser beams inappropriately doped plastic to induce a chemical reaction via heat or photonic excitation, creating bubbles or nodes where the plastic has a different index of refraction.
Glass block bubblegrams of Russian origin entered international commerce as a novelty in the late 1990s. In the early 2000s, a highly diverse array of Chinese-made bubblegram novelties achieved wide commercial success in the United States, to the extent of becoming a fad: representations of monuments, corporate symbols, religious imagery, mythical creatures and nature scenes appeared in gift shops.
Our company takes custom photographs of people, converts them to a heightmap, then renders that as a bubblegram memento.
A digital high-resolution picture is best. We accept jpg, png.
No, you can go directly through the website. Please make sure the crystal size is suitable for the photo that you want to be engraved. An image with lots of people or things needs a larger crystal to show the detail.
The most popular is a face engraving & from the chest up & head. Depending on the crystal and quality of the photo, we can also do a 3D full body.
Yes, we can. It is also possible for a 3-D designer to compile 3-D data on their computer and later engrave it into a crystal. Please be sure to specify any instructions in the "Special Instructions" section upon placing an order. If you do not write anything in the Special Instructions section, the designers have free will to move around the image, text, and orientation of the crystal to allow for the best possible etching of the crystal.
Yes, we do. We have a number of options that are not on our website. The crystals are much larger to engrave and add text of your logo or award required.
Yes, we can take simple logos or graphics and laser them into the glass in 3-D. If the logo you send is not a 2-D illustration or is made of complex colour gradients, it may not work.
Yes, our highly skilled and trained designers are working with the latest software and laser technology for image conversion to turn a 2-D image into a 3-D image. We make it easy for you - just upload your photo and we do the rest. Please be sure to specify any instructions you have to the designers upon placing an order.
No, that is included in the price of the crystal.
You can order directly through the website, or if you have questions email me and we can process the invoice and Etranfer payment through email. Ordering through the website you can pay through PayPal or direct Etransfer
It is usually 48 hours but may vary depending on the time of year.
Yes, you can always get additional engraved at a later date.
We engrave using .CAD and .DXF models.
No, we never store your credit card information. Your credit card number is only captured during the checkout process while our system 'talks' to our payment processing gateway. Once the order is placed, we no longer have access to your credit card information.
The security of your personal information is very important to us. We will never sell or rent your personal information to any third parties under any circumstances. We value your trust and will work hard to protect the security and privacy of any personal information provided to us.
For your contact needs via email, we are in the office Monday through Sunday, from 9 am to 9 pm. For your shopping needs, we are open online 24/7.
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