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 More…

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. We do not work with glass, plastics, or aluminum. Our specialty is working with very thin materials ranging from .001” to .030” thick. We can offer a wide range of capabilities and materials to meet your needs.

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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. We are a turnkey manufacturer who keeps all of your needs in mind. Please contact one of representatives today to learn more information!

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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. Laser cutting capabilities are supported by our complete Tool Room and Metal Stamping departments. Machining, Plating and Heat treating are also available for one stop shopping from start to finish. The possibilities are endless, contact us to see what we can do for you.

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American Industrial Company $$$

Sacramento, CA  |  916-419-0580

We perform cost effective, fast and accurate laser cutting services with Bystronic Lasers. Microform can laser cut products to specifications and get them out quickly, even with intricate designs or fine widths. Along with laser cutting, we offer waterjet cutting, panel bending and powder coating.

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Microform Precision, LLC $$$

Norridge, IL  |  708-452-0045

Tesko Laser is one of the top laser job shops. With our state-of-the-art equipment, we provide high-quality laser cutting services, laser marking services, laser drilling services and laser machining. We also offer CNC laser cutting and plastic laser cutting. Contact us today!

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Tesko Laser Division $$$

Talladega, AL  |  800-443-8913

Weaver and Sons is a manufacturer of precision sheet and plate metal components specializing in custom and contract fabrication and machining jobs. Our decades of experience and state of the art machinery allow us to meet and exceed all of our customers' needs and expectations. We use the Bystronic 3000 watt 5' x 10' laser (up to ½" plate) and Bystronic 4000 watt 5' x 10' laser (up to 5/8" plate).

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Weaver and Sons, Inc. $$$

York Haven, PA  |  717-932-4000

York Haven Fabricators is your one stop shop for turn-key Sheet Metal Fabrication, specializing in rapid prototyping, limited production runs and quick turnaround products. We partner with our clients throughout the entire life cycle of their project, from early design consultation and prototype development through the realization of the final component or assembly.

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York Haven Fabricators $$$
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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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