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.