Laser Marking, Engraving With N-Lase
The N-Lase range of fiber laser systems offers an out-of-the-box solution for engraving metal, coated metal, plastic, glass, ceramic and organic products, making the machines a cost-effective manufacturing solution.
In manufacturing, a laser engraving machine is used for hundreds of different commercial and industrial products, from smartphones and watch batteries, to frying pans and toothbrushes.
We work with clients every day to carefully assess their application requirements and help them choose the right laser; allowing you to achieve reliable, precision results every time.
The annealing method works by heating a metal to a particular temperature to create various colours. The annealing method has significant advantages over traditional printing techniques. Namely, the permanent and attractive nature of the mark.
Foaming is used for plastic applications. By heating the dark plastic, the laser’s heat causes local melting on the surface of the object. The heat build-up causes bubbling, and eventually, the molten plastic creates a “foam” effect, which is significantly brighter than its surround area. The manufacturing industry is a heavy user of the foaming process for purposes such as QR codes, serial numbers and other brand or product information.
Similar to foaming, the colouring laser process is ideal for marking light coloured plastics. A layer of oxidised soot is created as a result of the laser beam melting the plastic surface. The contrast between the coloured engraving and the surrounding plastic is what makes the design stand out.
The laser engraving method is achieved by burning into the substrate, thereby removing material marking and leaving a depression lower than the surface level. The engraving process is widely used for numerals, wording, and simple designs, and can be used on almost all metals.
The ablation process removes the top layers of an object to reveal a contrasting colour below. This technique can create some interesting results by combining multiple layers of varying coloured materials to achieve different effects. Most commonly, the ablation process is used for speedometers, automotive dashboard buttons, compasses, watches and more.
The laser can be used as a simple bleaching device, the most commonly known example being wear patterning on denim jeans. This typically requires a longer wavelength laser such as a CO2.
Working with laser engraving software
The N-Lase Designer software used for the N-Lase laser engraving machine range is designed to be intuitive and user-friendly. The elements that make up the engraved design and controls for the laser are easily compiled and edited either on or offline.
You can easily create engraving files containing a variety of graphic formats, text, 2D and barcodes, serial numbers and dates. The software also includes built-in CAD tools, which allow you to manipulate DXF and PLT files.
Additionally, the software is designed with production line in mind. The multiple input/ output interfaces offer integration on to production or assembly lines, including Ethernet, serial comms and PLCs – allowing you to import and export data from external sources.
2D codes, QR codes and many types of barcodes
DXF, PLT, AI, JPEG and bitmap
External axis control
Ethernet or Serial comms