Laser marking on metals, plastics, woods and glass

Industrial lasers and laser machines designing and manufacturing are the speciality of ES LASER. Our complete range of lasers (continuous or pulsed, ultraviolet or infrared), allows us to offer our Customers laser marking solutions regardless of their requirements and materials: metals, plastics, ceramics, woods, glass, papers, rubbers, cardboards, etc.

Laser marking is a proven technique of printing. Adding decorations (logos, illustrations, patterns, etc.), data matrix, barcodes, serial numbers and texts makes this versatile technique essential for industrial marking. Laser marking includes the following processes: engraving, selective removal, annealing, color change and foaming. These techniques are chosen depending on materials and marking process.

Laser marking by annealing

The annealing technique for laser marking allows manufacturing material without removal. By the laser beam exposure, material is locally heated to a temperature close to its melting point. Due to the material oxidation, this heating process lead to a colour change, which corresponds to the marking. Depending on laser power, exposure time and material oxides, several marking colours are available.

Laser marking by annealing is only available for metals, especially for titanium and ferrous metals (steel, stainless steel, etc.).

Metals marking

Laser marking by colouring

For marking application by coloring, the laser beam interacts with pigments which were added during the plastic manufacturing. By photoelectric effect, a colour change will follow, turning pigments to grey or black, and thus creating the marking.

Laser marking by colouring is only used for plastics and depends on their composition.

Plastics marking

Laser marking by foaming

For the foaming technique, material is melted by the high energy provided by the laser beam. Small gas bubbles are then generated at the surface, giving a foam aspect and which reflect the light. This technique of marking allows top visual contrast, mainly on dark plastics.

As for colouring, laser marking by foaming is only available for plastics, like polycarbonates.

Woods marking

Laser marking by engraving

This marking technique allows deep impressions (depth up to several mm). The laser beam, focused and with high energy, leads to the material melting and vaporizing, then creating a surface “depression”, the engraving. It is possible to improve the marking visibility by colouring or reflections adding.

Laser engraving is used for all materials: plastics, ceramics, woods, glass, metals, etc.

Glass marking

Laser marking by selective ablation

Laser marking by selective ablation consists, by vaporization, of materials additional coating layers (paints, varnishes, anodizing, etc.) removing. Exposing the part of the initial material allows to create a visible contrast, corresponding to the marking.

As the laser engraving technique, selective ablation is available for all materials.

Rotary laser engraving

Rotativ laser engraving

Accurate laser engraving

High accuracy laser engraving

Marking on cutting and sharp tools

Industrial tools marking and engraving

Aluminium accurate marking

Laser marking on aluminium by Ytterbium fiber laser

Laser engraving for watch industry

Laser engraving for watch industries

 Chirurgical tools marking

Chirurgical tools marking

Laser marking on steel surface

Laser marking on steel surfaces

Steel marking by Ytterbium fiber laser

Stainless steel marking by Ytterbium fiber laser

Laser thermal effect on titanium

Light-matter tests on titanium

Laser marking on medical devices

Laser marking on medical parts

Marking on chirurgical screws

Marking on chirurgical screws by Ytterbium fiber laser

Laser decoration on car equipment

Automotive parts laser decoration

Laser etching for Backlight lighting

Laser etching for Backlight lighting

Laser etching for dashboard car

Automotive parts laser etching

ECC200 data matrix marking

Datamatrix marking by laser

Laser marking on electrical devices

Marking for traceability and identification on plastics

Plastic laser marking

Barcodes laser marking

Plastics marking by Ytterbium fiber laser

Plastics marking by Ytterbium fiber laser

Laser marking on silicone

Laser marking on silicone and wood for cooperage

Laser decoration on wood

Wood laser marking for decoration

Laser etching on wood

Wood laser etching

Laser engraving on barrel

Marking and laser engraving on barrels

Deep laser engraving on wood

Deep laser engraving on woods

Laser marking on cooperage barrel

Laser marking for cooperage barrels

Laser marking for cooperage

Laser decoration for cooperage barrels

Glass laser engraving

Laser engraving for perfume bottle

Dark laser marking on glass

Glass graduations marking

Dark scale on glass by laser marking

Graduation by laser marking

Laser marking advantages

  • No consumable (ink, label, acid, solvent, etc.)
  • Constant and high definition marking
  • Versatile technique (marking on industrial products or luxury and consumers goods)
  • Fast marking process (up to 1.000 characters per second)
  • Minimal maintenance (MTBF > 100.000 h for fiber laser sources)
  • Laser marking possible on inaccessible areas to conventional marking techniques
  • Marking process easy to integrate on production line.

Our technical team is at your disposal for any question on engraving or laser marking. From feasibility tests in our Applications Laboratory to the installation of your laser machine and the provision of technical supports, we meet your expectations throughout the entire life or your laser project