Is UV Printing or Laser Engraving Better for Custom Grinders?

Selling customized herb grinders can help your dispensary stand out from the competition. But not any grinder will do. You’ll have the largest impact on your company if you take some time to ideate and design a grinder that truly captures the essence of your brand.


As you do this, one decision that you’ll need to make is whether to use laser engraving or UV printing when adding your design to the top of your grinders. The choice might not appear overly important at first glance, but it can have a huge impact on the overall look and feel of your weed grinders.


So keep reading. We’ve gathered all of the information that you need to know in order to make a decision about these two printing methods.


What is Laser Engraving?

Laser engraving is a method of imprinting that first began being widely used in the 1970s. The process relies on computerized laser machines and laser machining applications, which tell the machines what to do.

The process is a bit complex. But essentially it involves programming a logo or design into an engraving machine. The machine follows this design to imprint the design you’ve chosen on whatever item you’ve selected for laser engraving.

Like methods of imprinting, there are some positives and negatives to using this method.
Here’s an overview of those:



  • Completely permanent, resistant to wear and tear
  • Delivers a high-end look
  • Not as costly as many other printing methods
  • Capable of engraving intricate patterns without distorting them



  • Adding color to the design can be complicated
  • Colors can begin blending together as time passes


What is UV Printing?

UV printing is very similar to traditional printing methods. It also uses nozzles that spray tiny droplets of ink in order to imprint designs on objects. The key difference between UV printers and traditional inkjet models is that UV printers contain polymers that are sensitive to UV light.

This enables UV printers to dry the ink that they produce faster. So when you use a UV printer, 100% of the ink that it applies to the surface will remain there. This leads to significantly less ink wastage and design distortion than what’s offered by traditional inkjet printers.

Here’s an overview of the pros and cons of UV printing:



  • Dries ink instantly
  • More environmentally friendly than standard printers
  • Creates scratch-resistant designs with improved durability
  • Offers the ability to create special effects to enhance designs



  • Not all surfaces are a good fit for UV printers
  • Not a good fit for products that need to be washed regularly


Which One is Right For Me?

Determining which type of imprinting is best for your dispensary’s grinders can be tough if you’re not that familiar with the processes. But you can zero in on the right choice for your needs by figuring out what you want your grinders to look like.

For example, maybe you like zinc grinders because of their heavier feel and durable nature. If so, you’ll need to use UV printing to display your logo on them. This is because zinc grinders aren’t suitable for laser engraving. Aluminum grinders, on the other hand, are suitable for both UV printing and laser engraving.


Another factor to consider is the color scheme of your design. If it’s a neutral design without an excess of dark or light colors, then either printing option will work for you. But if you have a design that features a heavy amount of dark colors, then laser engraving will help the design pop in the way that you envision.

If you’re still not sure which way you want to take your design, no worries. You can check out our shop to find some inspiration.


Where Can I Find Custom-Printed Herb Grinders?

Ultimately, the best way to determine which type of printing is best for you is to spend some time playing around with each option in the design process. Doing so will allow you to see the differences between UV printing and laser engraving with your own eyes.


If you’re looking for somewhere to experiment with the differences between laser engraving and UV printing, check out Munchmakers. We have an online tool that allows you to choose one of our high-quality herb grinders and customize it to your exact preferences. This makes it easy to figure out which design specifications will do the most to bring your vision to life.


Another benefit of shopping with us is our bulk pricing model. When you buy grinders in bulk from Munchmakers, you pay a lower dollar amount for each individual product. So the more that you buy, the more that you save.

But don’t take our word for it. Check out our collections to see the Munchmakers differences for yourself. It could be just what your dispensary needs to separate itself from the competition.


Why Munchmakers? See What We’ve Done for Our Clients

We know that you have several options to consider when looking for a place to purchase customized weed grinders and smoking accessories for your dispensary. But you won’t find a better wholesale retailer to buy from than Munchmakers.

Admittedly, we’re a bit biased. But we’ve made really cool things for clients in the past and we’d love to do the same for you. Rather than tell you about what we can do to make your dispensary stand out, we thought we’d show you.


Below, you’ll find four examples of how we’ve helped dispensaries stand out with high-quality herb grinders and smoking accessories. Take a look.


Miss Jones

Miss Jones is one of Canada’s most successful dispensaries. The company has multiple shops throughout the country and has served thousands of happy customers. They came to us with a desire to expand their brand through customized merchandise.

We helped them achieve that goal by creating a wide variety of individualized products for them to sell in their stores. Some of what we created for Miss Jones includes:

  • Cannapuck weed grinders
  • Customized herb grinders
  • Branded ashtrays
  • Custom-branded boxes and bags

But we didn’t just create these products for them. We also guided the dispensary throughout the entire design process. We worked with them on digital mockups, design consultation, and physical sample delivery. We also provided quality assurance and worldwide shipment of thousands of customized products.

Lux Pot Shop

Lux Pot Shop is one of Seattle’s most established dispensaries. They came to us with a unique goal. The company wanted to design a specialty two-piece grinder with laser engraving on both the front and back.

We brought Lux’s vision to life through a careful design process that involved many iterations. Munchmakers managed to capture exactly what this dispensary was looking for. We produced a unique grinder for them with branding on both the front and back.

The resulting product has helped Lux’s Pot Shop to define its brand and increase customer awareness of that brand. We’d love to work on a similar project for your dispensary.

Seaweed & Co

Seaweed & Co is one of the leading dispensaries in the state of Maine. They came to us with a desire to begin building a brand image through customized products. But they weren’t initially sure of what they wanted the products to look like or even which products would work best for their goals.

Munchmakers helped them through the entire design process. We helped them explore various options with realistic digital mockups and physical samples to bring the designs we created to life.

Ultimately, Seaweed & Co decided to order 5,000 custom matte grinders in several colors. They’ve used these grinders to increase brand awareness and differentiate themselves from the other dispensaries in their area.

Highgrade Testing Labs

Highgrade Testing Labs isn’t a dispensary. Rather, they specialize in cannabis lab tests. The company approached us with the goal of designing customized products that could be used as giveaways to the companies that they collaborate with.

We helped Highgrade create the unique products that they had been searching for. We did so by guiding them through the design process and offering suggestions on how to maximize the benefits they received by purchasing branded smoking accessories.

Ultimately, the company decided to purchase both a set of custom grinders and joint cases from us. These products have helped them accomplish their goal of developing improved relationships with their partners.

How Munchmakers Can Help Your Dispensary

We’re experts at the design and production of customized smoking accessories. Whether you’re looking for branded herb grinders, ashtrays, bags, or boxes, we’ve got you covered.

But we can do more than simply bring your existing ideas to life. We can also act as a partner in the creation process. As the customer stories above show, we’ve helped clients across the United States and beyond develop their early ideas into finished products.

We do that by working with your dispensary through every phase of the design and production process. We’ll ideate with you, come up with realistic digital designs, and then create physical samples so you can feel the product in your hand before ordering it in bulk.


That means you don’t need to hire a fancy design firm to come up with the right design for your brand. Just reach out to Munchmakers. We’ll handle the hard work on our end. All that you’ll need to do is tell us a bit about what you’re looking for and we’ll help you bring that idea to life, just as we’ve done for the clients above.


 Getting Started

The quickest way to get started is to visit our online shop. Check out our products and see which ones you like best. Then, you can either begin the customization process online yourself or get in touch with us directly.

Either way, you can rely on our expertise to help you turn your idea for a customized smoking accessory into a product that you can stock your shelves with. We look forward to working with you and hope to hear from you soon.

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    An Insight into the Different Types of Personalised Weed Grinders

    If you are thinking about buying a personalised weed grinder then you will certainly have a lot to think about. Here are some of the things that you should look out for when purchasing your weed grinder.

    2-Piece Grinders

    These types of grinders do tend to be much smaller when compared to the 3 or even 4-piece grinders but that isn’t always a bad thing. They are really intended for those who like to smoke on the go, and they are a great investment, even if you are happy with the grinder you have right now.

    3-Piece Grinders

    Personalised 3-piece grinders are known for having an extra compartment. This is designed to catch your fine weed after you’ve done your grinding. When this happens, the weed then passes through circular holes on the other compartment. Three-piece grinders don’t often give you the chance to collect your kief, but they are more practical in some ways because you don’t need to empty them all the time.

    4-Piece Grinders

    4-piece grinders are among some of the finest grinders you can get. They come with a compartment that will catch your ground herbs and there’s also an extra compartment that has a fine sieve too.  If you get yours personalised, then you will surely have something that you’ll never want to leave at home.

    Electronic Grinders

    If you are tired of having to manually grind your weed all the time, then it may be a good idea for you to invest in a personalised electric grinder. This is a reliable tool and they come in all shapes and sizes too, so you can easily find something that is more than suited to your requirements.

    Want a personalised grinder to add to your collection? Why not check out our extensive range to find out more.