Laser Marking vs. Engraving

Over the years we’ve gotten a lot of questions about the various marking techniques that can be accomplished with a fiber laser marking system. The terms “Laser Marking” and “Laser Engraving” are frequently used interchangeably but there is a difference. Generally speaking, Laser Marking refers to placing legible information onto the surface of a part with little or no penetration whereas Laser Engraving refers to placing information into a part with obvious penetration below the surface.  The same laser can accomplish either technique simply by changing settings within the laser marking software.

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How to Laser Engrave Stainless Steel

From automotive aftermarket parts to precision medical parts, stainless steel is a construction material of choice for a huge variety of industries and markets. With the number of applications stainless steel is uses in it is unsurprising that there is also a great degree of variability in the reasons for marking it. Laser engraving is a versatile and efficient way to mark stainless steel for everything from traceability to aesthetics.

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Firearm Laser Engraving

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Why Engrave a Firearm

One of the most common reasons to engrave a firearm is traceability. Firearms traceability is an incredibly important aspect of firearms manufacturing. The serial number must be clearly and permanently marked on the firearm, and for this, the best solution is laser engraving.

While traceability is by far the most common reason for engraving a firearm, there are other reasons why a firearm might be engraved. Some manufacturers, for instance, use laser engraving to permanently mark their logo or other branding onto the firearm. With laser engraving, the options are vast with many laser system systems supporting marking of most text and graphics.

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