Throughout history, and still today, sterling silver is amongst the most valued of metals. While silver was primarily used for coin manufacturing in past millenniums, today we use this metal for a wide variety of applications. Silver is commonly found in jewelry, tableware, utensils, electrical conductors, solar panels, mirrors and more.

In recent times, the laser engraver has become an indispensable tool for many businesses and manufacturing houses that work with this metal. The laser can easily etch, mark, engrave or cut sterling silver in seconds! What’s more, the precision of the laser beam is so accurate that a human worker or craftsman would find difficult to match.

Another crucial piece of the puzzle is the rise of e-commerce shopping and consumer demand for personalisation. Increasingly, shoppers want to make age-old gifts and products more special by adding an individual’s name or personal message. Businesses that offer to personalise their products on the fly stand to win in a competitive marketplace. The laser machine is perfectly suited for such personalisation tasks. Simply open the software, edit the text and press start to begin the laser process. It is that easy!

Benefits of using lasers for sterling silver

The laser machine is a perfect fit for engraving or cutting sterling silver. The precision of the laser beam ensures that very little is wasted when engraving or cutting the material. With the cost of the metal being so high, any wastage can affect a business’s bottom-line. Therefore, manufacturers are increasingly utilising the power of the laser to reduce wastage and increase productivity.

What’s more, a fiber laser engraver offers unparalleled quality and reliability. It can create excellent engravings that are permanent and legible – even down to extremely small and thin lines. The WYSIWYG software allows creators to easily add text, barcodes or images and get a preview of the working area before engraving. The accuracy and reliability of a laser marker is highly valued when working with precious metals such as gold metal – after all, an error could prove to be very costly.

When working with precious metals, the standard process for etching, engraving, marking or cutting is known as “annealing”. The annealing process is achieved by changing the colour of the silver metal by oxidation without any material loss. Since sterling silver is a relatively soft metal, a successful mark requires high-speed and limited power. The advantage of using such parameters means that a mark can be completed in seconds. Thereby, a business can churn out countless engraved products per hour without compromising on quality.

Laser etching technology offers creators total design freedom, allowing them to repeatedly engrave silver bracelets, rings, utensils, or any other product with the same result each time. You can add logos, vector graphics, small alphanumeric characters, unique typefaces, or even photo-realistic designs.

The one point to watch out for is the highly reflective nature of the material. The pulsed fiber laser is the favoured technology for engraving silver. Typically, a higher energy density is utilised to rapidly generate heat, which is absorbed by the surface of the material. This technique is also effective for highly delicate silver such as extremely thin or hollow items.

The fiber laser machine has become the commonplace technology used for sterling silver items. The fine laser beam, coupled with a high burst of energy, allows creators to achieve highly complex and intricate designs. Additionally, one can have a greater degree of control by experimenting with the parameters to create a clean find mark without damaging the surrounding material.

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