Laser Etching

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Laser etching, also known as laser engraving, is a non-contact technique that utilizes laser beams to mark a material. Since the process is a CNC laser cutting system, laser etching ensures that each unit will be produced in a completely uniform manner. Read Moreā€¦

Laser Etching Since laser etching is a non-contact process, it has certain advantages over competing etching processes, including the elimination of tool wear and bit breakage, which are regular occurrences in direct-contact etching. With the elimination of the usual wear and tear, laser etching proves a more cost-effective process as well.

Leading Manufacturers

Maple Grove, MN  |  763-425-4755

Great Lakes Engineering is a trend setting manufacturer of surface mount stencils, precision laser cut parts, and photo chemical etched parts. We work with a wide range of materials, including Stainless Steel, Copper, Brass, Titanium, Nitinol, Nickel, Kovar and many others.

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Great Lakes Engineering, Inc. $$$

Tamaqua, PA  |  888-218-2260

Our teams at Remaly Manufacturing Company, Inc. utilize state of the art equipment to provide you with laser cutting capabilities. Our teams provide cutting services for a wide range of materials such as steel, aluminum, stainless steel, monel and much more.

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Remaly Manufacturing Company, Inc. $$$

Gurnee, IL  |  847-855-9200

Our fiber optic metal laser cutting capabilities include Stainless steel, Aluminum, CRS and other ferrous and nonferrous metals. We can laser cut flat blanks, stencils, signs, prototypes, and custom formed fabricated parts.

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American Industrial Company $$$

New Berlin, WI  |  800-879-4418

Sharpe Products specializes in industrial and commercial laser cutting and other custom fabrication services. With our powerful 3,000-watt fiber-optic laser cutter, we are capable of cutting various metals such as mild steel, stainless steel, aluminum, copper, brass, bronze, and titanium. For laser cut slots, notching, perforation or drilling, you can count on Sharpe to deliver to your exact specifications.

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Sharpe Products $$$

Fair Haven, MI  |  800-486-2212

PTM is a full-service, metal stamping supplier with expert engineers, state-of-the-art CAD systems and tooling facilities. We specialize in design assistance, prototyping, fourslide and progressive die design/building and shortrun/long term production requirements. From clips and fasteners to clamps and brackets, you can rely on PTM's high quality, cost effective, precision metal stampings.

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PTM Corporation $$$
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As an extremely focused radiation of wavelength, laser beams emit heat energy that can alter the surface layers of most materials under its focal point and create marks or patterns. Laser etching serves wide-ranging applications including direct laser imagining, ink stamping, bar-coding, calibration, printing and sub surface laser engraving.

Offering precision etching at high rates, laser etching services are useful for industries including architectural, agricultural, electronic, automotive, construction and transportation. Jewelry has become a huge employer of laser cutters in recent years, since intricately designed accessories have come into fashion. Laser etching is often followed by other aesthetic processes; for example, the etching in plastic materials is often painted afterwards to highlight the contrast that much more.

Laser etching is performed through laser etching machines of which there are three main types: xy tables, cylindrical workpieces and stationary workpieces that utilize galvo mirrors for movement. These machines are made up of three main parts: a laser, a controller and a surface. The controller, which is typically a combination of CNC and CAD computer systems, which are basically the computer program that designs the controls for the laser cutting machine, emits the laser beam and controls its direction, intensity, speed and spread. The focused beam of the laser vaporizes or burns away surface layers of materials that are positioned upon the surface. Assist gases like nitrogen or carbon dioxide are then used in conjunction with the laser to prepare newly cut surfaces for painting and corrosion resistance.

Laser etching is ideal for materials such as metals and alloys, silicon wafers, ceramics, graphite and polymers. Due to its detailed accuracy, design flexibility and permanence laser etching is often preferred over traditional mechanical etching and other non-traditional etching techniques.

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