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  • August 31, 2018

    Type 1 – Stain Mark

    Also sometimes referred to as Dark Mark, Laser Mark, Dark Laser Mark, Out Of Focus Stain Mark This dark annealed marking is often used on medical devices and components that benefit from a non-disrupted surface, or in cases where a customer wants the look and…

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  • August 31, 2018

    Type 2 – Dark Laser Engrave

    Also sometimes referred to as Dark Etch, Laser Engrave Frequently used on uncoated promotional products and other metal components when a non-glossy, textured dark etched surface is desired. A small amount of material is vaporized by the laser, and the etch may feel slightly raised…

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  • August 31, 2018

    Type 3 – Corrosion Resistant Laser

    Mark per NLE-CR-01 (our proprietary process) This process is similar to a stain mark in that it leaves a dark (charcoal gray to dark brown) marking with no appreciable texture to the surface. However, Biomerics NLE’s corrosion resistant process has been specially designed to resist the…

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  • August 31, 2018

    Type 4 – “White” or “Frosted” Etch

    Also sometimes referred to as Laser Etch or Laser Engrave This type of marking is particularly useful on highly polished or reflective parts, or on metals having a dark coating. The laser lightly disrupts the surface of the component, ablating any coating and leaving a…

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  • August 31, 2018

    Type 5 – Laser Abrade

    The laser is used to impart a bead blast like texture over a section of a part. The textured area is generally bright in appearance but may be slightly darkened depending on the target surface roughness. Laser abrading is consistent part to part, lot to…

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  • August 31, 2018

    Type 6 – Deep Engrave

    The laser is used to engrave clean measurable depth exceeding 0.002”, and up to 0.030” deep. Common applications include mold core engraving or component engraving requiring a secondary color fill. Process time and cost are directly proportional to the total amount of material to be…

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  • August 31, 2018

    Type 7 – Plastic Laser Mark

    Many plastics will change color providing a permanent high contrast marking, with no measurable depth when exposed to the laser.  Many dark plastics, like black acetal, will laser mark white. Many white or clear plastics, like polycarbonate, will laser mark dark.

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