Yeti Laser Engraving: The Ultimate Guide

by Raymond Lei on May 11, 2022

If there is a choice between a simple Yeti tumbler/cup or an engraved and personalized tumbler/cup, what would you like to choose?

Your answer would probably be an engraved and personalized object because it is unique and attractive, and the engraving is according to your expectations. People love to use personalized and unique objects in their daily lives as it creates a good impression.

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People use Yeti products, especially drinkware, almost every day. It is a well-known brand that does not offer customized products. So, if you want to customize Yeti drinkware products, you need to do it on your own. You can do engraving using a laser machine.

You can personalize and engrave Yeti products for yourself and turn them into a business as well. If you own a laser engraving machine, it could be an excellent business idea to sell engraved Yeti tumblers, mugs, jugs, bottles, and other products.

In this article, we will discuss who you can do Yeti engraving. We will discuss everything about the commonly used Yeti products that people like to engrave. We will see whether a laser engraving machine is capable of engraving Yeti products or not and how you can do it without any hassle.

Most importantly, we will share some ideas that you can try and answer your questions to make the process easier. So, if you are a DIY enthusiast, business owner, or anyone who likes to engrave Yeti, read the whole article to master Yeti engraving.

1) YETI Drinkware Types

Yeti has introduced a wide range of drinkware products, such as bottles, mugs, tumblers, jugs, can insulators, and barware. People commonly use these products daily.

Tumblers and bottles are mostly used for gyms, offices, sports, and other activities to carry water. These are used almost daily, and people love to use them for their outdoor journeys. Tumblers are good for keeping your coffee hot all day long. You can enjoy every sip like recently made steaming coffee.

Bottles are perfect for your kids. They can take them to their schools, playgrounds, or anywhere they go. These keep the water cold for your kids. In addition, you can also keep your beverages in them.

Mugs are perfect for drinking coffee, tea, beer, and other beverages. You can keep them at the home, office, or anywhere you like to drink. Unlike ordinary mugs, these are insulated from every corner and keep your hot coffee hot to the last sip.

Jugs are mostly used for travel as they can keep about half to one gallon of water. They are preferred for outdoor trips, traveling, and camping. These keep the cold drinks cold and hot drinks hot for a long time.

People also love to keep can insulators with them. They are great for sparkling drinks, refreshing juices, soft drinks, beer, and other cold beverages. They are great for outdoor trips and travels, and it is an excellent idea to keep a few of them during the trip.

Barwares are specialized cups that can be used outdoors for drinking. Normal wine glasses are not suitable for outdoors, but these can bear shocks and wear & tear.

2) Can You Laser Engrave a YETI?

Yes, you can engrave Yeti tumblers using a laser engraving machine. It is possible to engrave tumblers, cups, bottles, mugs, jugs, and other Yeti products.

The engraving can be done using a CO2 laser or diode laser machine. The laser is powerful enough to take out the coat of the material and engrave the object. Even a 5W diode laser can do the job, but it will be a bit slow.

Coating of the Material

Yeti drinkware products are usually coated. Most of the products have a specialized coating, so engraving can be done directly without the application of an extra compound.

But if you have a stainless-steel Yeti tumbler, mug, or anything else, it is better to apply anodized marking spray or any other suitable compound to get better engraving results. If you engrave directly on stainless steel, the engraving will not be dark and deep enough.

The Need for Rotary Attachment

The second thing that we need for engraving Yeti drinkware is a rotary attachment. Nowadays, we can engrave cylindrical objects on a common laser engraving machine by attaching a rotary attachment, so there is no need for a dedicated machine.

The rotary attachment is necessary because it rotates the tumbler, cup, or any other object 360 degrees so that engraving can be done on the whole object. Many manufacturers make rotary attachments for their laser engraving machines, and you need to buy a compatible one that can work with your machine.

Everything looks fine, but there is a problem with most of the rotary attachments on the market. The attachments are not suitable for all types of cylinders. There are different types of rotary attachment, such as roller rotary and chuck rotary. Both these attachments have their own compatibility, pros & cons, and capability. 

The roller rotary can only work on regular cylindrical objects. If the cylinder is irregular, you need a chuck rotary attachment. Thus, you also need to take care of the shape of the Yeti product according to the attachment you have. Or you can buy a suitable attachment according to the shape you want to engrave.

xTool has introduced the world’s first 4-in-1 rotary attachment, Rotary Attachment 2 Pro, that can work in 99% of the cylindrical engraving scenarios. It can engrave on regular as well as irregular cylindrical objects as it has a chuck rotary and roller rotary. It can also engrave on spheres and rings. Thus, if you have RA2 Pro, you will never face any issues while engraving Yeti products.

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Cleaning After Engraving Yeti Products

After engraving, you will not see the results or the engraving clearly as you need to remove the excess coating from the surface. For that, you only need a sponge and water. Some people also use cleaning solutions, but water is more than enough. Once you clean the surface with gentle rubbing, you can see the exact engraving.

3) How to Engrave YETI Tumblers/Mugs Using xTool D1?

xTool D1 is a high-accuracy diode laser cutting and engraving machine that can engrave on a wide range of materials, including stainless steel, coated metal, wood, leather, paper, acrylic, rock, ceramics, glass, and fabric. Therefore, it can also engrave Yeti products.

xTool D1 is an excellent option for Yeti engraving because of its high precision and accuracy. The fine laser spot, measuring 0.08 x 0.08mm, can consider even fine details. Plus, the movement accuracy reaches 0.01mm. Thus, you get optimal quality engraving results on your Yeti products.

The machine is easy to use. The specialized software, Laserbox Basic, is also suitable for beginners. It also has a separate setting for coated metal that makes Yeti engraving easier. The users can easily choose the graphics and adjust them over the object.

The settings of the laser can also be set without any hassle. In addition, the software supports raster and vector engraving, so you can select anything for Yeti engraving. The vector engraving is ultra-fine and much superior to other laser engraving machines.

xTool D1 has three available diode modules. The power of the modules is 5W, 10W, and 20W, whereas the 20W laser is the world’s most powerful diode laser on the market.

For Yeti engraving, users can choose any diode module as the 5W module can also do the job, but the 20W module can save time. Modules can be attached and detached when needed, so you can also upgrade your module to make the process faster and more accurate.

The rotary attachment RA2 Pro is commendable. With this one attachment, you can engrave almost any type of cylindrical object, including Yeti products. You need to purchase the rotary attachment if you don’t have one. Moreover, you also need risers to increase the height of the xTool D1. These risers can increase the height up to 140mm.

Steps to Engrave Yeti Tumblers

Step 1: Buy A Yeti tumbler.

If you are buying stainless steel tumblers, make sure to buy anodized marking spray from any suitable online store. It will help in engraving directly on stainless steel.

Step 2: Set up xTool D1 and attach the risers and rotary attachment.

Now, you are ready to import the graphics to the software. One thing you need to keep in mind is that there should be a better contrast in the graphics to highlight the fine details. For instance, you can go with a black and white image because the contrast between these two colors is perfect. Select the graphic and import it to the software.

Step 3: Measure the Yeti tumbler.

Measure the length and circumference using a measuring tape. It will give you a better idea of the size of the graphics. Now, adjust the size of the graphics in Laserbox Basic. You can adjust the width, height, and rotation.

After that, select the engraving material as Coated Metal. The power will automatically be set at 100% and speed at 70 mm/sec.

Step 4: Place the tumbler over the rotary attachment.

But if the tumbler is not coated, apply a thin and even layer of anodized marking spray on the tumbler. Click on the Start button on the software. Click on the framing option to know the exact positioning of the image. Make sure to turn on the Cylinder Working option.

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Step 5: Click on Start.

The laser machine will start engraving; you need to wait for the process to complete. After that, you need to clean the Yeti tumbler. Use a normal sponge and water to clean the surface. It will remove the coating from the excess area and reveal the graphics. 

4) More YETI Engraving Ideas to Make Your Cups Cooler

There are dozens of ways you can make your Yeti cups look cooler. It depends on your choice and creativity.

Use a Quote

If you like any quotes, you can engrave them on your cup. People usually like to keep their favorite quotes in front of their eyes and remember them often. Engraving the quote on Yeti cups is an excellent idea because you will remember the quote while drinking from the cup. It is a better option because you will be using the cup in your free time, so you will have time to recall the quote.

Engrave the Name

You can personalize the Yeti cup with your name. It will be a great idea to keep a personalized cup while going to the gym or office. It can also be an excellent gift for others, and you only need to engrave the names on the tumblers/cups.

Use Your Picture

Yeti cups can also be personalized using a picture. You can engrave your own picture or your loved ones’. The cup will look more attractive and engaging.

Gift for Special Days

An engraved cup/tumbler can be presented to anyone as a gift. For instance, you can engrave it for Mother’s Day and present it to your mother. Similarly, special cups can be made for special events and dates.

5) YETI Laser Engraving FAQs

Is Yeti laser engraving durable?

Yes, Yeti laser engraving is durable. Engraving usually lasts for a long time, so even if your Yeti product is damaged, the engraving will remain intact.

How much does it cost to start a Yeti engraving business?

First, you need a laser engraving machine. It is better to choose a diode laser because it is pocket-friendly and it has a long life. You can buy xTool D1 (10W) along with risers and RA2 Pro for $841. It can be bought with the help of affirm by paying as low as $77 per month. Then, you need to buy a few Yeti tumblers for engraving.  

Will stainless steel rust if engraved?

Stainless steel rusts when the thin layer of chromium oxide is removed. If the stainless steel is already coated, there is nothing to worry about. But if the stainless steel is without coating, you must apply an anodized marking spray to protect the surface of the stainless steel.

Final Words

It is possible to engrave Yeti tumblers, cups, and other products using a laser. You can do it with the help of a rotary attachment and a laser engraving machine. For small businesses, DIY enthusiasts, and professionals, xTool D1 is an excellent option. It can engrave Yeti products with perfection and offer fine details in engraving.

The RA2 Pro can rotate all types of regular and irregular cylindrical products of Yeti. In addition, it is quite simple to engrave Yeti products; even beginners can also engrave using xTool D1. You only need to follow a few simple steps we have mentioned to engrave Yeti products without any hassle.

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