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The craze for laser engraving, marking and etching is increasing day-by-day because of the regulations set by the government regarding product identification.
All of them provide permanent marking solutions that can add that distinct mark on your products.
But, there are only a few people who understand the difference between them. While these three techniques look similar, their applications set them apart.
The major difference between laser marking, engraving and etching lies in what they could do to the marking surfaces. The difference also lies in how deep the laser goes and the way it changes its overall appearance.
Laser marking damages the surface of the material, whereas laser etching and engraving removes the portion of the area it marks.
The other difference between laser engraving and etching is the depth at which it enters the surface.
Without any further ado, let’s explore more differences between them.
1. Laser Marking Process
Laser marking is the process when beam comes in contact with the surface of any material and alters its properties or appearances. You should use laser machines having parts like Mazak parts, Fanuc spare parts, and Fanuc CNC parts for best laser marking results.
Here we have mentioned steps for laser marking which will give you some insights on how it works.
Now, let's look at some of the characteristics which make it different from the other two:
There are four types of laser marking:
- Carbon migration
Laser marking is popular in the medical device industry for marking stainless steel and titanium parts, but you can use it on other materials as well.
A laser market is perfect for bar codes, UID codes, QR codes, logos, etc.
2. Laser Engraving Process:
In laser engraving, the laser beam physically removes the surface of the material and exposes a portion of the image at the eye level.
Let’s look at laser engraving steps:
There are three types of laser engraving:
- Deep laser engraving
- Laser ablation
The major difference between the above three engraving types is the surface you are engraving and how much you remove.
3. Laser Etching Process:
It is a subset of laser engraving. It occurs when the heat from the beam melts the surface of the material. For best results, invest in parts like Mazak parts and Fanuc CNC parts.
Below mentioned are some of its characteristics:
The major difference between laser etching and the other two are:
Wrapping it up:
I know there’s a lot of confusion about these terms among people which is common and people use it interchangeably very often, but there are wide differences between them and their applications. After selecting the process, make sure you are choosing a laser machine with the right laser parts like Mazak parts, Fanuc spare parts, etc.