This is a consumable-free process for adding permanent marking to a product. We use laser marking for branding company logos, identification numbers, or aesthetic additions for visual enhancement.
- Metal Annealing: For a permanent and lasting mark, laser anneal marking is the best option that will not damage the base material. A substrate of the metal is heated, leaving a crisp, dark mark. Common uses include medical instruments and implants.
- Plastics Foaming: For plastic materials, laser foam marking is an option that will use laser beam absorption to create part identification or product branding. This process heats a substrate of the plastic, leaving an alternately colored mark. Common uses include part identification or product branding.
- Plastics Carbonizing: Unlike laser mark foaming, carbonizing is the best option for plastics if the material cannot be damaged in any way. Carbonizing does not disturb the surface. Instead, the laser breaks chemical bonds within the plastic, resulting in a color change. It is commonly used in transparent or light-colored plastics.
- Coating Removal: During this process, laser energy is focused and absorbed by the surface, which results in vaporization of the coating with minimal effect to the material. We can remove virtually any coating from metals, alloys, plastics, and organic materials.
This process removes material from a base substrate in a precision-controlled manor. It can be used for aesthetic, functional, or branding purposes.
- 2D Engraving uses the Z-plane to engrave material through the removal of material with the pulse of a laser using its natural depth of focus. Engraving depths of 0.00025" to 0.040" can be achieved in cycles 3–5 times faster than traditional milling, mechanical engraving, or EDM processes. Common uses include coining, tool and die, and arms.
- 3D Engraving works on complex surfaces that do not lay flat. It also allows for a deeper engraving as it can move the direction of the laser focus.
- Laser Texturing creates texture or structured contrast on a part, similar to that of a grip portion of a cell phone case. Many everyday items were made using laser texturing.
- Laser Hole Drilling uses focused pulses to create small holes in material. With a scan head-based system, a depth-to-width aspect ratio of up to 3:1 can be achieved for micro hole drilling. With fixed optic pulsed lasers, that goes up to 20:1. It is commonly used in car parts, electronics, and aerospace.
For this process, fixed-optic, high-power lasers cut geometry into parts that are typically flat or nearly flat.
- Burn Cutting uses oxygen to finely burn through material, engraving it with very delicate markings. This results in high-quality, accurate cuts without physical contact. The material melts, burn or vaporizes on contact with the CO2 lasers.
- Fusion Cutting uses nitrogen and argon to create high-quality engravings. It can cut metal and other materials with pressures up to 20 bar while preventing any oxidation at the cutting edge.
Breaking from traditional electrode welding technologies, laser welding uses a laser for heating, melting, and bonding. This can be used for both filler style and non-filler style welding.
- Fusion Welding is an incredibly efficient production method, welding individual components to create a complete section of material. It is highly precise and typically is used on flat strips or other solid materials.
- Filler Welding fills the opening of gaps between materials through a laser beam welding process. This requires a high degree of precision with specific accuracy demands, and it is typically used for automotive, aerospace, and tool & die repair.