medical instrument metal lasermarking

Can a Trotec laser machine engrave and mark metal?

Yes. You can label different types of metal with Trotec laser machines. The laser technology enables metal marking through different methods: Annealing marking, engraving and removing. All three methods are explained in more detail below. You need to have a laser device with a fiber laser source to continue.
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Laser marking with a fiber laser

With a fiber laser source such as a Speedy flexx or lasers from the SpeedMarker series, different types of marking are possible. Below is a description of the different types.

Metal marking method 1: Annealing

During annealing, you work with a defocused laser beam, which allows you to introduce only low heat into the material. This heat output leads to local change in the structure of a metal, resulting in recoloring of the metal. The surface is not damaged, and remains smooth and clean. Depending on the temperature, the process can generate a deep black and a variety of other colors. The marking disappears again when the metal is heated to about 200°C.

Metal marking method 2: Engraving

By engraving, more energy is introduced than with annealing. This leads to the vaporization of the material and causes local depressions on the surface. These inscriptions have a long life and are extremely abrasion resistant.

Metal marking method 3: Removing

In the case of coated metals (e.g. anodized aluminum), the top layer is removed by laser processing. This process can be carried out at high speeds. With a suitable choice of the top layer, markings with high contrast are achieved with this method.


Can metal also be engraved with a CO2 laser?

Bare metals can only be marked with a CO2 laser and with the help of laser marking solutions such as paste, spray or tape. The metal marking solutions are applied to the workpiece and are burnt into the material during the laser process. After the laser process, the remainder of the marking paste must be washed off. In this way, you can also achieve high contrasts on metals with weak absorption using a CO2 laser.

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