Thursday, December 8, 2011

How Laser Engraving Works

If you have ever wondered about how an image or letters appear on an object, it may be due to laser engraving. This process is relatively simple and is used in place of inks or tool bits. Inks wear off and tool bits wear out over time. Moreover, they are not as precise or consistent. Lasers, on the other hand, are very detailed and dependable. They are also becoming more cost-effective as technological advances drive down the price. 

Lasers are used in many different industries serving many functions including general part marking for traceability and branding, metal cutting, and paint removal. It's this diversity in applications and ability to work with many different materials that is convincing business to choose laser engraving. Clearly, lasers are becoming the present and future for all marking and engraving.   

In terms of the actual process, it is completed with a laser engraving machine. The laser engraving machine consists of three parts: the laser, the controller, and the surface. The laser obviously is the energy beam used to make the engraving. The controller is the computer device that handles the laser and controls the intensity, direction, etc. The surface is picked to match what the laser can act on.

Depending on the laser engraving machine – there are three types – the actual process of laser engraving will involve a high energy beam striking a material and removing it. This is due to the heat that is converted from the laser light beam. The intensity of the energy and spread of the beam can be adjusted depending on the material being used.

If you would like to know more information about laser engraving, visit our website today. Vytek offers a wide variety of application results to help determine the most intelligent solution for material processing.

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