Laser engraving is a subtractive manufacturing method that uses lasers to change the surface of an object by cutting a cavity in the material. Sometimes it can be used to reveal an image or writing which is noticeable to the naked eye. This technique is a subset of laser marking that does not use inks or tool bits which could wear out. CO2 Laser engraving aims to create a deep, engraved mark in the chosen medium.
How Does Laser Engraving Works?
Laser engraving uses high heat laser beams which vaporize the surface material. Every pulse of the laser removes the target surface material. Laser engraving can be used for any material or surface. Some of the most common are plastic, metal, wood, glass, acrylic, and leather. Engraving depth depends on how many times the material passed through the laser and varies between 0.02 inches in metals to 0.125 inches in harder materials.
Why Choose Laser Engraving?
Since you can use laser engraving on any material, you can engrave objects such as medical devices and panels. Additionally, it is more efficient than traditional engraving especially when it comes to jewelry. Moreover, this technique can lessen the chances of material damage or deformation.
What is the Use of Laser Engraving?
Laser engraving can be used for industrial applications as well as for personal purposes or hobbies. For example, a CO2 laser system easily allows the user to connect their CO2 laser engraving machine into their computer’s USB port which enables it to work like a printer.
Since laser engraving keeps the material’s initial shape, it is commonly used to create personalized or customized items. Logos, pictures, and serial numbers are only some of the creations that can be done using laser engraving.
Laser engraving opens up a plethora of doors for creative ideas. It gives anyone the power to put their imagination into something tangible.