Possibilities with plastics
Many different plastics can be laser cut and engraved with a laser. From cutting and engraving of acrylic to marking specialised plastics like POM.
- Plastic parts of products
- Engraving and marking of parts and machines.
- Marking of buttons and switches
- Packaging and personalisation of products.
- Signage and signs.
Cutting and engraving of plastic
Many plastics can be cut and engraved by laser. By laser engraving parts of the surface the material can be precisely removed. Engraving of very small details like text or graphics is possible. Most types of plastic can be engraved. Cutting is limited to certain types and thicknesses.
Coloring of plastics
Plastics can be colored by precisely heating the material in a very small spot. This process can make some types of plastic darker and some lighter. The resulting marking is depending on the type and composition of the plastic material.
Foaming of plastics
A fiber laser can mark some plastics white. This happens by melting the material to create small gas bubbles. This thin foam layer can reflect light in a different way and appear brighter than the rest of the material.