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.

Laser Marking Process

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, and engraving and etching.

 

Materials best suited for laser marking:

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

Laser marking is used in a variety of industrial applications:

Laser Marking Application Videos

See SMARTmark Lasers in Action

  • 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 as a 20W fiber laser marks stainless steel: This video demonstrates laser engraving, carbon migration and other laser marking capabilities.

  • 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.

  • 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.

FIND THE RIGHT LASER MARKER FOR YOUR NEEDS

Marking solutions are not one-size-fits-all. There are a number of factors that go into choosing the best technology to get the best results. How do you choose the right marking technology for your specific application?

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Laser marking a barcode