Laser Engraving in the Medical Industry
Laser Engraving In the Medical Industry
Couple the incredible ease and simplicity of our systems and software with the accuracy and hygienic nature of fiber lasers and you will find our systems are quite possibly the best on the market today for use with medical components.
MOPA Fibre lasers are the most effective systems for medical laser etching titanium and surgical steel. This is due to their accuracy, speed and working lifespan. In the marking process, the surface is heated very quickly to create the colour change, and as the temperature never reaches vaporization point, no material is removed in the process.
Benefits of Laser Engraving
In the laser marking process, the surface is heated very quickly to create the colour change, and as the temperature never reaches vaporization point, no material is removed in the process. This, in turn aids bacterial control as scars from machining and/or de-burring are ‘levelled’ into a smoother, grey-coloured surface.
The discolouration created takes place at a depth and therefore, is classified as permanent. Referred to as CW marking or annealing, this process provides possibly the highest quality finish to a medical component. Fiber lasers offer the benefit of non-contact, abrasion-resistant, permanent laser engraving onto most biomedical materials (such as titanium, surgical steel, etc.) making them suitable for a variety of uses be it an implant or a prosthetic. In essence, laser marking systems can offer significant gains over conventional methods, especially within the medical industry.
Our medical laser etching and engraving machines are perfectly suited to hygienic & quality centric environments:
- With fiber laser marking systems featuring MOPA engines, Nd:YAG and Nd:YV04 systems that are arguably second-to-none, our laser etching machines are renowned for their reliability, speed, features, flexibility, and quality.
- Mark Text, Graphics, Barcodes, 2D, UID, Matrix, QR codes and more onto any suitable equipment or component with industry-leading accuracy.
- Easy setup for programming and marking, with great software and ergonomic design.
- Choose from stand-alone, desktop, handheld & integrated lasers systems which we can install into production environments for you.
- With each system, we provide free training, installation, and support.
- Brimming with cutting-edge features, benefit from reliability, unparalleled speed & quality.
LASER ENGRAVING A VARIETY OF METALS
The types of metals that a laser engraver can be used on are as varied as its applications. A metal laser engraver can be used to make permanent marks on stainless steel, soft metals, hardened metals, alloys, titanium, titanium alloys, brass, copper, carbides, high-speed steels, aluminium, anodised aluminium, coated metals, and precious metals such as silver and gold. With the right equipment and experienced operator at the helm, switching over from one metal to another will be as simple as changing laser parameters on the accompanying software.
In contrast to more traditional methods of marking, a the machine does not require consumables such as inks, chemicals, or pastes. The handling and disposal of these consumables will be one less thing to worry about, allowing businesses to focus on more important things.
MARKING THE SMALLEST OF PARTS
Outside of major engineering parts, a metal engraving machine can also be used to make legible marks on common engineering tools such as callipers, wrenches, and drill bits. Some of these parts are incredibly small, making laser marking a particularly suitable technology for marking characters that are still legible at 1-point size.
In the case of callipers and other measuring tools, the precision and accuracy of the markings are key. The automated process of a metal etching machine delivers superior repeatability and consistency, ensuring that engineering measuring tools have ticks and readings that are marked and positioned accurately.
Laser Engraving Parts
Metals that are etched using lasers do not have to undergo any pre or post-treatment. Coupled with the speed with which a laser machine works without the need for tool changes, a laser marker effectively completes the job faster and with less effort.
Being an almost fully automated piece of equipment, the laser system delivers a consistent quality of results all the time. The resolution that laser marking can achieve is extremely small, allowing for the smallest shapes and text to be engraved accurately and legibly. Laser marking provides practically unlimited design opportunities. With the right materials, a metal engraving machine can even produce coloured laser markings.
Laser marking is a non contact technology, meaning that the material being marked does not need to undergo undue stress. There is no need to fix the materials to the engraving platform, so items can be shuffled in and out quickly, saving up on precious production time. The absence of any physical force on the item due to engraving and clamping lessens the chances of rejects due to secondary damage, ultimately leading to cost savings for the company.