In recent years, Yeti mugs have become a favorite among all drinkware products. Laser engraved mugs now are also increasingly welcomed owing to the customizable images and marks on the surface of mugs. This article aims to detail 5 aspects of the features of Yeti tumblers, how to start a laser engraving business with mugs engraving, how to choose laser engraving machines and so on to help you learn more about laser engraving industry and how to do laser engraving business.

In this post, we will discuss the following aspects:

 Why Yeti Mugs are Now So Popular in the World?

Laser engraved Yeti mugs are continuously hot-sale drinkware and even out of stock during festival seasons. With kitchen-grade stainless steel and double-wall vacuum insulation, they’re puncture- and rust-resistant. Functionally, this kind of insulated cups is able to keep cold drinks cold and hot drinks hot until the last sip, which is high in customers’ favor. Economical and practical, Yeti mugs are preferably taken as gifts for families or friends, also outdoor enthusiasts love Yeti mugs deeply. For most users, Yeti mug isn’t just a cup, it’s the perfect hot and cold company who guards their health and enhances their lifestyles.

In addition to the functional features, the customizable patterns on the Yeti mugs body are also an essential part that attracts customers. The laser engraving machine is competent to create personalized images, numbers or alphabets by laser etching work. Those laser engraved patterns on Yeti mugs are widely welcomed by customers who wish to express their individuality via the selected images or marks, and meanwhile to distinguish the same mug models from that of others. Hence laser engraved Yeti mugs are not just cups, but intimate friends with personal characteristics.

How to Start a Small Business by Investing a Laser Engraver for Yeti Mugs?

Many American customers have purchased laser engraver for Yeti mugs from MORN LASER and have operated a successful business in this winter. Some of them are small business owners and even DIY users who just take laser engraving business as a hobby. It cannot be denied that both of them work well with MORN laser engraving machine for cups and tumblers and gained much fun from the cause, as well as considerable profits.

Hence you can see, starting a laser engraving business is not a highly demanding task that only professional people can make it. People with no relevant experience are able to get started with it easily in the way that the laser engraving machine works just like a printer connected with the computer. What operators should do is to master what parameters match what kind of engraving requirements.

Normally, all parameters and settings used to match your engraving work will be debugged and saved in the laser engraving software before the machine leaves our factory. You could directly operate the machine the moment you receive it. If you are interested in Yeti mugs laser engraving, and also have spare time and money to invest the business, just have a try now. 

The laser-engraved mugs are so hot. Also, you will get profits from your investment. Whether you choose to open a store business or work at home, you’ll find laser engraving a profitable way to start a laser engraving business. Furthermore, the laser engraving systems are so affordable, they usually pay for themselves in a short period of time!  

In terms of the cost of the machine, a 100W CO2 laser engraver with a rotary attachment can be as less as $3200-3550, similar to that of a set of fiber laser markers with a rotary attachment at 20W. From a return on investment point of view, lasers are more economical than most other marking processes, as there are no consumables on a good quality laser system. Lasers are engraving and marking mugs 5-50+ times faster than conventional methods, this means higher output of work, therefore faster ROI. 

Whether it’s small, intricate engravings or mass customization service, Morn’s laser engraving machines allow you to be in charge of your engraving business. Before starting an engraving business for mugs, try to learn as much as you can about the laser engraving industry and potential markets you intend to serve. Also, ask yourself questions: do you want to offer to customize any mug a customer brings to you, or would you rather offer customization available for a limited selection of mugs?

Offering a limited selection allows you to optimize the settings for certain mugs with certain materials, shapes, and sizes. In other words, if you focus on stainless steel mug engraving, your finished mugs will likely be better than those who engrave all kinds of materials. Additionally, by cutting down the parameter setting time for the tumblers, you can greatly reduce the time you have to spend on each project and significantly increase your engraving efficiency. 

How to Choose a laser engraving machine for Yeti Mugs Engraving?

There are 2 options for you. One is the fiber laser engraving machine which is the most professional choice for engraving or marking on stainless steel mugs. It’s also called fiber laser marking machine or fiber laser engraver. The other is the CO2 laser engraving machine, which can not directly laser on the surface of the metals, but it can achieve the engraving on coated stainless steel Yeti mugs. 

Option 1: the most professional solution — fiber laser marking machine

It is applicable to all kinds of metals and coated metal yeti mugs with high engraving speed (maximum up to 7000 mm/s) and high engraving accuracy (±0.001 mm). Meantime, the lifespan of the fiber laser engraving machine is as long as 100,000 hours. Little maintenance and few consumables are required,  which is another advantage of fiber laser engravers. In addition, the fiber laser engraved images on Yeti mugs are accurate, vivid and clean. It is optimal for Yeti mugs engraving. So if you intend to buy a better Yeti mugs engraving machine, we recommend you to choose a MORN fiber laser marking machine. 

Option 2: economical solution — mini CO2 laser engraving machine

It is applicable to process coated metal Yeti mugs, but cannot directly engrave on their stainless steel surface technologically. Moreover, CO2 laser tube has a shorter lifetime and needs to be replaced at a regular time, leading to higher operating cost. Its engraving speed is 600 mm/s, and the engraving accuracy is±0.05 mm, which is inferior to that of fiber marking lasers. Hence if you want to start a business with a low budget, you can choose MORN mini CO2 laser engraving machine.

From the above comparison, we can see that each of the two options has its merits. If you only need to engrave on coated tumblers and have limited budgets, a mini CO2 engraver can totally satisfy your needs. If you intend to laser engrave on both bare-metal mugs and coated metal mugs, a fiber laser engraving machine will be the optimal solution. 

Additionally, we’d like to remind you that, if you have a high possibility of engraving or cutting non-metal materials in the future, the CO2 laser engraving cutter is a good choice. If you plan to keep processing metals all the way, then a fiber laser marking machine should be the right choice.  

How to Laser Engrave Yeti mugs?

To laser engrave Yeti mugs, materials that you should prepare include:

  1. A Yeti mug;
  2. MORN fiber laser marking machine for stainless steel mugs or CO2 laser engraving for coated metal mugs;
  3. A rotary attachment;
  4. Cermark metal marking spray or equivalent.

Now follow the steps to make your unique piece of work: 

Step 1  To start, spray the mugs with an even coat of CerMark over the desired engraving area. Leave it dry for at least 5 minutes; 

Step 2 Then, power on the engraving machine, open the software and adjust the settings according to your laser’s wattage. 

Step 3 Measure the diameter of your mug and put it into the software. Then enter or import the intended marking words or graphics into the software;

Step 4 Place the mug in the rotary device and set the focus by adjusting the lifting system;

Step 5 Press the “start” button and observe as the laser leaves a permanent mark. 

Simply rinse or wipe away the CerMark or residue to reveal a beautifully contrasting design on your Yeti mug! That’s it. Although laser engraving on stainless steel tumbler mugs is not a difficult work, while special safety rules and operating guidelines have to be followed carefully to ensure a smooth and safe laser engraving process.

Tips for Laser Engraving on Yeti Mugs

To achieve a better engraving effect on Yeti Mugs, the following tips will be a  big help.

  1. Conduct a test run on some scrap stainless steel material before you start the whole engraving job, this will avoid incomplete engraving work or bad effect on your Yeti mugs, during which you can also see where you need to adjust the power before the final engraving.
  2. Mask the area contact with the rotary device or beyond the scope of your intended coating to avoid overspray, or apply a piece of masking tape to it. In case of overspray, use Scotch Bright and some other lacquer thinner to take off the excess CerMark.
  3. If your Yeti mug isn’t a perfect cylinder, for example, the diameter varies from top to bottom, you’d better pick the midpoint of the thickest area as your focus. This will minimize the difference between extreme values in the range. The clarity of the image may still differ, but choosing the middle point will make the clarity difference less noticeable.

Where to Market and Sell Your Laser Engraved Yeti Mugs?

Once mastered the operation of a cup engraving laser machine, you could run your business by selling customized Yeti mugs on Etsy, which is an online marketing channel and gathers a wide range of customized crafts and objects. There will be many customers who are fond of the Yeti mugs with images or characters. Usually, a customization service costs 20-30 dollars exclude the cost of the mug itself. If you receive a large-scale laser engraving customization job, the service cost can be lowered according to your market. You could also develop other marketing and sales channels to boost your Yeti mugs customization business.

Popular markets for custom yeti mugs

  • Graduation souvenir customization

  • Friends and family gift customization

  • Company logos customization

  • Wedding supplies customization

  • Car promotion customization

  • Outdoor adventure or sports competition rewards customization


Now, explore more business possibilities with your own laser engraving systems. You can never know what miracles you can achieve unless you try it yourself. Through such a business, you do not only gain your financial profits but also bring permanent and valuable memories to different people’s lives. Every now and then there is an inspiring image or a sentence that we like it so much, now it can make its way to a mug to accompany us. What a wonderful thing it is.


The beauty of laser technology is that there is still great potential for the technology. More and better things are made by laser operators around the world day and day. It’s time to make your own engraving and marking workpiece.


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