Laser Marking

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LASER ENGRAVING SERVICE

Our system is ideal for applications requiring a unique identification for product traceability. Laser etching is a permanent process that etches without contact and marks without inks or dyes. The mark created by laser engraving is clean and precise. The process is computer controlled. This produces a mark that is accurate with precise repeatability. This is an attractive alternate to traditional marking methods such as ink stamping, chemical etching, pad printing, or mechanical engraving. It is also faster than most methods. Since permanence is a hallmark of laser marking, our system is ideally suited to generate a high clarity mark and after market traceability. Laser engraving your logo or company trademark can improve the market appearance of your product. Depending on the product requirements, the laser settings can be adjusted to vary depth and darkness of mark. Laser engraving and etching can be done on flat or round surfaces.

Send us your sample part that needs laser etching. Laser marking or laser engraving and we will image it.

Laser marking, laser etching, and laser engraving are ideal for applications requiring a unique identification for product traceability. Laser engraving your logo or company trademark can improve the market appearance of your product.

What materials can be engraved?
  • Bare metals
  • Coated or plated metals
  • Anodized and non-anodized aluminum
  • Carbide
  • Ceramic
  • Titanium
  • Brass
  • Copper
  • Most plastics.
What is the difference between laser engraving and laser etching?

Laser engraving- This process is similar to a pencil or mechanical engraving. The process uses a focus laser beam to remove the material. This is a deep mark. The mark can be as deep as .020” in metals. This is usually required when the finished part will experience high wear or is to be plated after engraving.

Laser etching- This uses similar settings as engraving, but the mark is not as deep. The material removed is .001” or less.

How is a dark mark made by the laser?

Surface oxidation is created on the surface by laser induced elevated temperatures. The oxidation creates a dark mark on stainless, titanium and most plastics. This process anneals the material and does not remove or add material to the part.

Processes
  • Angular Writing
  • Mirror Imaging
  • Place of Manufacture
  • Logos
  • Bar Codes
  • Script Letters
  • Parts Identification
  • Serialization

FAQs about Metal Finishing

Anodizing is an electrochemical conversion process that forms an oxide film, usually on aluminum, in an electrolyte (chemical solution). Compared to Type II anodizing, the coating applied via Type III anodizing is usually thicker, done at a lower temperature, and more expensive. However, there are benefits to Type III anodizing, such as a thicker coating (typically between 0.001 and 0.002 inches) that tends to be more durable and abrasion resistant.

Anodizing is an electrochemical conversion process that forms an oxide film, usually on aluminum, in an electrolyte (chemical solution).

Yes, we can.

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  • Anti-static / ESD control – coatings used to minimize static electricity in sensitive environments.
  • Chemical resistant – coatings which resist acids, alkalis, oils, and general chemicals.
  • Conductive – coatings used to form an electrically-conductive layer.
  • Dielectric – coatings made from nonconducting materials used in optical applications. High-reflection coatings consist of a stack of alternating layers of high-and-low refractive-index materials. Each layer in the stack has an optical thickness of a quarter-wave at the design wavelength.
  • Corrosion inhibiting – coatings which prevent moisture from reaching the metal or underlying substrate, or provide a sacrificial layer.
  • EMI / RFI shielding – coatings provide shielding from electromagnetic interference (EMI) or radio frequency interference (RFI).
  • Flame retardant – coatings are flame-retardant in accordance to Underwriters Laboratories, Inc. (UL) Flame Class 94V-0, or other equivalent ISO standards. These materials reduce the spread of flame or resist ignition when exposed to high temperatures. They also insulate the substrate and delay damage to the substrate.
  • Heat resistant – coatings resist damage from heat, or are formulated for use in high-temperature environments.
  • Protective – coatings are designed to protect substrates and surfaces.
  • Touch-up – coatings are used to repair and match the original coating where it has been damaged by scratching, corrosion, abrasion, erosion, scuffing, denting, chipping, delaminating, or other processes.
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