The Future of Laser Engraving

Laser marking and engraving technology has been steadily evolving over the last few years. Today, there are attractive and permanent laser engravings being done everywhere from logos to part numbers and just about to everything in-between. Laser engraving is no longer a luxury. In many cases, it’s become a necessity. Hundreds of industries need their products engraved to be able to track their products during the assembly process and keep a watchful eye on distribution.

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The value and benefits of computer-aided laser marking systems are becoming more and more obvious each year. Unique, high-quality imagery and codes are much more readable by machines when they are engraved. In particular, laser marking will probably become even more beneficial in the future as more and more industries continue to adopt the technology. From medicine, jewelry, vehicle manufacturing and countless other industries, laser marking has become a fundamental necessity in manufacturing.

Why laser engraving?

Over much of the last half-century, advanced technology has become more and more a dominant factor to change the way we see the world around us. Laser etching, marking and engraving easily joins this group because laser technology is faster, easier to use and produces a better product than any other competitive process. High precision laser markings and engravings can be created onto practically any surface or material including copper, stainless steel, gold, platinum, aluminum, brass, carbide and even plastics and wood.

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Laser marking is a non-contact process that’s shown to produce durable results with the capability of resisting heat and weather that won’t degrade over time. The process doesn’t require acids, solvents or inks and produces a clean, sharp and completely legible result. Other marking methods like hand engraving, dot-peen marking and ink jet don’t guarantee the durability of lasers, and their marked surfaces can fade away over time. Laser engraving, however, creates engravings with outstanding quality that don’t fade away and generally last a lifetime, so businesses can be assured that their marking requirements will always be achieved.

Laser’s benefits

Whether a business has goals to expand their current business or reach new markets, laser marking and engraving equipment offers many fundamental requirements:

Speed – The scanning speed of a laser is fast and extremely precise. Characters can be produced dimensionally while words and images can also be easily created.

Precision – A laser produces extremely clean and precise marks.

Convenience – Lasers have become much more convenient than conventional imprinting methods. Not only does this make lasers extremely versatile when working on a number of different materials but the same type of machine can handle both thick and thin materials without a problem.

The early laser engraving devices were large, bulky and difficult for users to manage. Today’s laser machines have become much more compact and easier to operate. Engraving speeds are much faster and today’s lasers feature many new and exciting options while prices have significantly decreased in cost.

Laser engraving today is easy to learn and can even make even a small business profitable in a short time. Marking products with laser technology has become a much more viable business opportunity today than ever before.

This article was contributed by Needham Coding.