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Laser engraving is very versatile, which is why so many industries rely on this technology for production.
Engraving is often used for awards or trophies to create a clean engraving on the surface. However, Laser Engraving can also be used for decorative markings or letterheads.
In the production industry, laser engraving technology is often used for engraving barcodes onto certain parts. Engraving has the advantage that even when the part is used in production or other works, the barcode will not wear down and can still be scanned for company purposes. Other markers like QR codes are also often used with engraving technology.
Due to the precise engraving work that the laser offers, jewelry industries also work with this technology. It provides them the opportunity to offer their customers custom engraving, quickly.
In the electronic or medical industry, parts need to be identified at any time. To provide easy and on-point identification, those parts are often marked by using laser engraving.
There are many more different applications. However, these examples presented already show how well laser engraving can be used. If you are unsure if laser engraving is a good fit for your application, contact our team of experts to help you determine the best technology for you.
In laser engraving, there are two types of machines – Diode lasers and CO2 lasers.
Diode lasers are often compared to LED lights. Photons are ejected by the use of electricity to spark electrons in a negative/positive junction. Prior to the impact with the material, the beam focuses the photons through the lens. Supermarkets, for example, use diode lasers to scan barcodes at the checkout. However, diode lasers for engraving purposes are more robust than the lasers in the supermarket and should be dealt with caution.
Even though Diode laser engraving machines are the strongest of their kind, they cannot cut through every type of material. But, they do come at a very reasonable price and are great for simple laser engraving projects.
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The laser of a CO2 machine is generated inside an airtight tube made out of glass, which, in addition to other gases, also contains CO2. The electrical current produces light as it aggravates the gasses. The produced light rinses off different mirrors on the way to the lens. Before the beam leaves the laser machine and hits the material, the lens focuses the beam on the right spot.
CO2 is usually more powerful than diode lasers. Due to that power, they have the advantage of being able to go through materials that diode lasers can’t. Unfortunately, these kinds of machines are also very delicate, and as soon as the glass tube or the mirrors are damaged, the laser may not work properly or at all. For this reason, they need far more maintenance than diode lasers.
Despite this downside, CO2 lasers have the power to cut and engrave strong materials.
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Laser Engraving can be a great asset to your production and company. However, we know that these kinds of machines are a significant investment. So whether you are just beginning or already fully committed to Laser Engraving, you can rely on our industrial machines for engraving your products. Simply upload your 2D file, choose a material, and hit send to our laser machines. We will engrave the material to your specifications and send the finished product to you.
If you have any questions about Laser Engraving, do not hesitate to contact our experienced team at Sculpteo. We are here to help and answer any questions at any point in your process. Happy engraving!
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