What’s the difference between laser etching, laser marking and laser engraving?

What’s the difference between laser etching, laser marking and laser engraving?

by Conelec Team

So, you’ve got a product and you’re confused on which laser service you’re going to need. They all sound the same but what is the core differences between marketing, etching and engraving? It comes down to materials and let us explain how to tell the difference. We offer laser etching in-house.

Laser marking is used for marking different types of metals which need serial or model numbers. A laser, via computer optics and rotary capabilities will mark any variation of flat, round or curved surfaces with serial numbers, alphanumeric variations and bar codes.

Laser etching is tremendously helpful when you need to etch away a certain material. This could include: plastics, ceramics and laminates to create identifiers or labels. The process involves vaporizing material from the surface of a part. This will usually be done on coated parts.

Laser engraving is mostly used for wood, metal plaques, firearms, jewelry, etc. You’ve probably seen this service offered by most companies to add your name on a product. The process is removing material to add depth to the mark on the part.

 

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