A flying optics laser allows a beam to be guided to the material by an x- and y-axis. This method of material modication provides numerous advantages to customers such as the ability to quickly change designs, produce products without the need for tooling, and improve quality of finished parts.

Another advantage of laser material processing is compatibility with a multitude of materials. Compatible materials range from non-metals such as ceramics, composites, plastics/polymers and adhesives to metals including aluminum, iron, stainless steel and titanium.

What can I do with a laser?

Laser Cutting

Laser cutting is the complete removal and separation of material from the top surface to the bottom surface along a designated path. Laser cutting can be performed on a single layer material or multi-layer material. When cutting multi-layer material, the laser beam can be precisely controlled to cut through the top layer without cutting through the other layers of the material.

CO2 lasers with 10.6 micron wavelength are primarily used for cutting non-metal materials. CO2 and ber lasers are both used for cutting metals; however, as a rule, cutting metals requires substantially higher power levels than non-metal materials. Material thickness and density are important factors to consider when cutting. Cutting through thin material requires less laser energy than cutting the same material in a thicker form. Lower density material typically requires less laser energy, however increasing laser power level generally improves laser cutting speed.

Laser Engraving

Laser engraving is the removal of material from the top surface down to a specied depth.

CO2 lasers with 10.6 micron wavelength are primarily used for material removal to engrave non-metal materials. The material type and laser power level determine the maximum engraving depth and speed of engraving. Typically shallow engraving is a faster process than deep engraving. Additionally, lower density materials engrave faster than higher density materials. Increasing laser power level generally improves laser engraving speed.

For metal engraving, CO2 lasers are not typically used, because most of the laser energy is reected. However, ber lasers with 1.06 micron wavelength can be used for shallow engraving into metal.

Laser Marking

Marking is the production of human- and/or machine-readable identication or information on a material, such as a barcode, date/lot code, serial number or part number. Other information including logos, diagrams, illustrations and photographs can also be marked on a material.

With laser marking, the laser removes material to create depth (laser depth marking) or modies the material to change the color, contrast or reactivity of the surface (laser surface marking). Most materials can be laser marked, but results will vary depending on the laser wavelength used. Both 10.6 micron and 9.3 micron CO2 lasers are used for marking non-metal
materials with depth, as well as for surface marking of some metals. Fiber lasers with a 1.06 micron wavelength are used for surface marking of many materials and surface or shallow depth marking of metal. Laser depth marking is sometimes referred to as engraving