Laser Engraving Services
Laser engraving involves the use of laser beams to engrave the surface of an item made from glass, plastic, wood, acrylic, and metals such as aluminum, brass, copper and steel alloys. During the laser engraving process, the laser beam removes a thin surface layer of the material to create a cavity in the shape of the desired image. Heat from the laser beam “vaporizes” the material, and forms deeper marks that can be seen with the eye and felt by touch.
Since laser engraving systems make marks that are permanent and have high wear resistance, it is an ideal process for improving product identification and traceability and protecting products from unauthorized imitation.
The speed and versatility of laser engraving makes it an excellent option for a range of marking applications. Some of the more common laser engraving uses include:
- Barcodes and QR codes
- Logos and other branding
- Contact information
- Serial numbers
- Part numbers
- And other identifying marks
Contact us to learn more about our laser engraving services and discuss different options for your application.
What Is the Difference Between Laser Engraving and Laser Etching?
Laser engraving and laser etching are similar processes, but there are some differences. While both processes use lasers to create markings, engraving creates much deeper markings than those produced by etching. This is ideal for high wear parts on which other markings may be worn off over time. Laser engraving also generates more heat than etching, which can make it less compatible with thinner or more sensitive materials.
Benefits of Using A Laser Engraving Service
Compared to marking products with ink, laser engraving is much more precise and environmentally friendly, requires no drying time, and is permanent. Benefits of laser engraving include:
- Better legibility
- Long term durability
- Resistance to high temperature sterilization
- Providing functional information for components
Custom Laser Engraving for Product Identification and Branding
Our laser engraving is performed using state-of-the-art equipment that provides high speed, non-contact marking to deliver superior results. Since no metal bits are involved in laser engraving, there is a significantly reduced chance of surface damage or deformation. The markings produced are also more legible than other engraving methods.
Our laser engraving machines utilize three different marking systems to meet the needs of your specific project. UV, or ultraviolet lasers produce shorter 355nm wavelengths and can be used for non-thermal processes including color changes. Green lasers produce a 532nm wavelength that allows for extremely precise, high speed engraving of plastics and metals. YAG lasers produce a 1064nm wavelength for engraving metal and harder plastics. Our experts will work with you to determine which laser engraving process is best suited for your application.