Laser Marking - What is Laser Marking?

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What is Laser Marking?

Laser marking encompasses a wide variety of applications in manufacturing. Laser marking can be automated and processed at high speeds while leaving permanent traceability on all kinds of materials, including steel, titanium, aluminum, copper, ceramic, plastic, glass, wood, paper and cardboard.

In simplest terms, laser marking is a permanent process that leaves a lasting mark on a surface through a variety of methods. This marking can be done with a pulsed or continuous wave laser.

When the beam interacts with the material’s surface, it alters the material’s properties and appearance by using a beam that creates a high-contrast mark. The most common types of laser marking are annealing, carbon migration, discoloration, engraving, and etching.

For identification purposes, laser marking is ideal for adding bar codes, unique identification numbers, QR codes and logos. 

Industries, materials and applications best suited for laser marking:

  • Automotive
  • Electronic
  • Medical
  • Steel
  • Stainless Steel
  • Titanium
  • Aluminum 
  • Copper
  • Ceramic
  • Plastic 
  • Glass
  • Wood
  • Paper 
  • Cardboard

Laser Marking Application Videos

See SMARTmark Lasers in Action

  • 2-Sided Printed Circuit Board Laser Marking System

    2-Sided Printed Circuit Board Laser Marking System

    This laser marking system can mark in both one or two-sided operation modes, and feeds the part in via a destacker.

  • Fiber Laser Marking Capabilities on Brass

    Fiber Laser Marking Capabilities on Brass

    Watch MECCO's SMARTmark 20W Fiber Laser as it marks on brass. See how various settings create different marks, such as frost marks, dark marks, and engraving.

  • Fiber Laser Marking Capabilities on Copper

    Fiber Laser Marking Capabilities on Copper

    See how various settings create different marks on copper, including dark marks, cleanup pass background & engraving.

  • Fiber Laser Marking on Stainless Steel

    Fiber Laser Marking on Stainless Steel

    Watch MECCO's SMARTmark 20W Fiber Laser create high quality marks on stainless steel. See how various settings create different marks.

  • Fiber Laser Marking White Polycarbonate

    Fiber Laser Marking White Polycarbonate

    Watch MECCO's SMARTmark 20W Fiber Laser create a variety of mark types on white polycarbonate plastic.

  • Introducing the New Fiber Laser

    Introducing the New Fiber Laser

    This latest generation fiber laser facilitates integration into factory automation networks using Ethernet/IP protocol and embedded controller technology.

  • Laser Mark Multiple Focal Distances

    Laser Mark Multiple Focal Distances

    Laser marking multiple focal distances quickly is made easier with the 2.5D capabilities of our SMARTmark Fiber Laser.

  • Laser Marking Cork Coaster

    Laser Marking Cork Coaster

    MECCO uses the MECCOmark CO2 Laser to mark the 50th Anniversary logo ahead of the Offshore Technology Conference.

  • Rotary Workstation - Bearing Marking

    Rotary Workstation - Bearing Marking

    Marking bearings for traceability is simplified with this Class 1 laser rotary workstation.

  • Tiburon Laser Marking System

    Tiburon Laser Marking System

    The Tiburon Laser delivers improved read rates with higher contrast, 3X the peak power, and sharper marks by minimizing surface disruption.

  • Track & Trace Solutions for Wheel Manufacturers

    Track & Trace Solutions for Wheel Manufacturers

    Explore two solutions that were designed to help wheel manufacturers add permanent barcodes without impacting the structural integrity of the wheel.