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Laser Marking

We offer laser marking services for parts. Adding durable bar codes, 2-D/QR codes, tracking numbers, logos, and more on metal, plastics, and other substrates customizes and enhances your parts.

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Permanent, Precise and Fast

Depending on the substrate, we use five different high-speed laser marking systems: green laser marking, YAG, UV, Co2 and fiber lasers.

  • High quality, permanent markings
  • Works on irregularly-shaped surfaces
  • Non-contact marking method
  • Precise and efficient
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Types of Laser Marking We Perform

Annealing: The laser heats the substrate creating a thin oxide layer. Adjusting the power to the laser produces different colors.

Engraving: Removal of material to depth. Used primarily for steel and aluminum. Limited use for plastics.

Etching: Very light engraving – small removal of material.

Material Removal: Rather than traditional masking methods for anodize , laser masking removes the anodized aluminum layer on aluminum, leaving a clean, clear mark.

Change in Color or Bleaching: Commonly used for plastics, the laser changes or removes the molecules or additives, shifting the color or bleaching the substrate.

Foaming: Suitable for some plastics, the laser causes localized melting, creating bubbles that quickly cool to create the raised marking.

Masking: Used to remove anodize in specific areas for grounding purposes.


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Compatible Materials: Laser

Material Color of Marking Compatible for Engraving
Aluminum Black, Brown Yes
Anodized Aluminum White, Black Yes
Hardcoat Anodized Aluminum White Yes
Steel Black, Brown Yes
Stainless Steel Black Yes
Electropolished Stainless Steel Black Yes
Brass Black Yes
Copper Black Yes
Titanium Black Yes
Painted Metals White, Gray Yes
Lustran Black, Gray No
Peek Black, Gray No
Other Materials
Silicone Gray No
Nylon Gray No
Fiberglass Gray No
Rubber Black, Gray No
AnnealingDark surface marking. Used primarily on uncoated steel and aluminum.
EtchingVery light engraving - small removal of material
EngravingRemoval of material to depth. Used primarily for steel and aluminum. Limited use for plastics.
AblationRemoval of coatings like anodize
Color changeUsed mostly on plastics to produce a contrasting mark
FoamingUsed on plastics to create a raised surface marking
BleachingUsed only on Hardcoat anodize (primarily black). Creates a white marking by altering the dye. Does not remove anodize.
MaskingUsed to remove anodize in specific areas for grounding purposes.


A marking technique that does not penetrate below the material surface. This technique is ideal for industrial part marking and metal part marking, on delicate materials.

The difference between the laser marking technique and engraving or etching is that marking does not penetrate below the material surface, which is ideal for applications involving thin or delicate materials. Engraving penetrates more deeply into the substrate.

Yes, most plastics can be laser marked. If the properties of the plastics dictate that they cannot be laser marked, the plastic can be modified via chemical additives to ensure it is laser markable.

Yes, laser marking can be done on irregularly shaped surfaces to apply barcodes, QR codes, logos, and other identifying marks.

Laser marking systems generate less heat than other laser part marking processes. Though this method does not penetrate the surface materials and other processes are better for permanent marking.

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