Aluminium in Industrial Applications
The presence of the anodised layer makes the metal particularly well-suited for industrial engraving and marking purposes. A fiber laser or a CO2 laser can be effectively used with anodised aluminium. Depending on the thickness of the anodised layer and whether a dye was used to colour the layer, different laser treatments may be used to get the best results. Laser engraving anodised aluminium is the most commonly used process for creating permanent and legible marks on signs and promotional tags. Promotional items such as key chains, pens, bottle openers, and flasks can be marked with a company’s brand or logo.
Aluminium is a very malleable and ductile material which makes it a versatile material for many consumer goods. Modern smartphones, laptops, and tablets are made with increasingly large portions of aluminium. Being light and easy to shape, the metal is also becoming a common component in chairs, lamps, decorative panels, and other interior design elements. Aluminium is food-safe, non-toxic, and resistant to rust – after all, aluminium cans have been used to package carbonated drinks since the 1960’s.