To say that the way in which laser marking technology has evolved and developed over recent years is impressive would be something of an understatement. Quite simply, to look at any market-leading CO2 laser cutting machine in use today would be to immediately reach the assumption that the technology has been in use for generations. The reality of things is of course quite to the contrary, but has the potential the extraordinary uses for laser marking technology continue to be more widely recognised across a variety of industries and efforts to further enhance and develop the technology are intensifying all the time.
While the biggest advantage of laser marking over all other conventional types of engraving is of course that of quality of results, cost-effectiveness is also being enhanced all the time. Not only this, but the further along the technology itself comes, the wider the number of materials that can be successfully marked with absolute flawless accuracy. The vast majority of new-generation laser engraving machines in use these days are almost entirely computer-controlled, allowing for the creation of mind-blowingly intricate and complex marks the likes of which would be impossible to replicate by hand.
So while it’s of course nothing new to hear about certain materials being engraved or marked, what’s the scope for material marking with modern laser technology? Exactly what kinds of materials can be marked using the appropriate laser machines?
First and foremost, laser engraving technology is quickly taking over as the new standard for marking and cutting an extraordinary array of metallic parts. Whether it’s engraving the name of the manufacturer on the back of cutlery, adding a security logo to a brand-specific product or even cutting the most intricate of designs into metallic signage for commercial or industrial use, the world as a whole has taken to laser marking with real gusto.
And while the practical purposes of laser engraving are relatively obvious, it can also play a role in enhancing the aesthetic beauty of metallic products. For example, simply flip over an iPad or iPhone and take a look at the Apple logo on the back – created with laser marking technology. There’s barely a metal in the world that is entirely incompatible with laser engraving technology, although specific metals demand the use of very specific laser marking technology. So if you figured the subject as a whole was somewhat on the complex side, you were right!
Now more than ever, laser engraving machines are being used to create a wide variety of products and effects with a variety of plastics. One enormously popular and common example would be the creation of plastic signage using sheets of acrylic, which with the use of laser technology can be cut with extraordinary precision and transformed into fantastically bold and effective signage for use in commercial and industrial applications. Many examples of storefront signage for example are these days created using laser technology. Simply with the required machine, an affordable sheet of acrylic and absolutely no additional consumables whatsoever, sublimely attractive 2D and 3D patterns can be created on the surface or carved rather more deeply into the plastic for a stunning final effect.
Glass often tends to be the first material that comes to mind when the subject of engraving is broached, having been marked and engraved for much of recent history using a wide variety of tools – some simple, some complex. Laser engraving technology has however transformed the subjects of glass marking and engraving like never before, allowing for the creation of not only fantastically intricate and flawlessly precise markings, but also the extraordinary visual effect of 3D image replication. Next time you see one of those mind-blowing 3D images captured inside a glass object, you’ll know it’s a laser marking job you’re looking at.
There’s much to be said for the way in which the marking of wood has been transformed entirely by the advent of new-generation laser marking technology. Promising pinpoint precision, unrivalled accuracy and the scope for creating pretty much any image imaginable on any wooden surface, the possibilities really are endless.
The list goes on, but each instance further clarifies why it is that laser marking technology is quickly taking over as the new standard across an extraordinary array of industries and business areas. From cost-effectiveness to quality of results and overall ease of use, it’s a tale of wall to wall benefits far too valuable to be overlooked or ignored.