Black Marking Anodized Aluminum Nametag with MOPA

Learn how you can make black markings on anodized aluminum with a MOPA laser, using this name badge as inspiration.


You Will Need
  • Anodised Aluminium
  • 1x Magnet
Machine Used

You can use any machine from the SpeedMarker series. Or, you can use a Speedy fiber or Speedy flexx laser machine.


You may need to use different parameters to us if you are marking a glossy type of aluminium.

Creating a black marking is only possible with the MOPA laser. This is the only laser that colors anodized aluminum black through short pulsing. The conventional fiber lasers in the SpeedMarker Series, Speedy Flexx or Speedy Fiber Laser, can only create white marking.


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Step by step

Step 1

Step 1: Design

Firstly, import our template; or feel free to create your own. Import the PDF with layers into SpeedMark and assign the parameters and fillings to your object.

Important: If texts are imported from a PDF, they will need to be converted into curves beforehand. Otherwise, SpeedMark won't recognise them as 'text'. Alternatively, you can produce the text directly in SpeedMark to avoid the hassle of converting data.

Filling for: Fill Style: Line Distance: [mm]
Logo Cross Lines (Bidirectional) 0.03
Name Bidirectional 0.001
Title Bidirectional 0.001
Step 2

Step 2: Laser Process

Now, you need to enter the parameter settings. Remember, these can differ depending on the laser machine used and its available laser power.

Laser Parameter Process Power [%] Speed [mm/s]
Logo Marking 50 2000
Name Marking 50 1500
Title Marking 50 1500
Laser Parameter Frequency [kHz] Pulse Width [ns] Passes
Logo 60 100 1
Name 200 8 1
Title 200 100 1
Step 3

Step 3: Post Processing

Attach the magnet to the back of the finished nametag. It is now ready to use!


Try using different colours and sizes of anodised aluminium. This will add another element of quality to your nametags.

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