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Laser Marking Troubleshooting Priorities

Posted by Jim Earman

No system is perfect. No matter how well built or maintained, at at some point you’ll find yourself needing to troubleshoot an issue or problem. This is certainly true for any piece of equipment, including laser systems. With a number of components that need to work together to produce a good laser mark, even the best systems on the market will eventually need a bit of TLC.

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Tags: Fiber Laser Marking

Seasons Greetings and Happy New Year!

Posted by Jim Earman

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Jimani Introduces Laser Cutting Service

Posted by Jim Earman

A few months ago we did some space reorganization at Jimani, and I found that I could open up a rather large section of floor space. As I was pondering how best to use that space, I coincidentally received a flyer about a fiber laser cutting machine. The machine was a 3KW IPG Laser Cube, and it was being demonstrated at a laser cutting shop in Anaheim, CA, Sierra Laser. I decided to make the 70 mile drive to Anaheim and look at it.

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Tags: Laser Cutting

Laser Marking vs. Engraving

Posted by Jim Earman

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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Tags: Laser Engraving, laser marking

Laser Marking Powder Coated Aluminum

Posted by Jim Earman

The Specifications

For this project the specifications included: 

Industry: Electronic Equipment

Part Type: Front Panel

Material: Die Cast Aluminum with Powder Coating

Mark Data Type: Text + Logo

Laser Mark Type: Laser Etching, multiple passes for consistent burn through powder coating

The Process 

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Tags: text, logo, Laser Etching, 20 watt fiber, desktop fiber laser, aluminum, electronics

Color Marking with Fiber Lasers

Posted by Jim Earman

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Tags: 20 watt fiber, stain marking, Rotary Laser Marking

Industrial Laser Engraving Services

Posted by Jim Earman

When looking for industrial laser engraving services you typically have a couple of options. One option is to find a laser marking system that will allow you to perform all your industrial laser engraving in-house. The other option is to turn to an industrial laser job shop. Which option is best often comes down to volume.

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Tags: Job Shop

How to Laser Engrave Stainless Steel

Posted by Jim Earman

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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Tags: Laser Engraving, stainless

How to Laser Engrave Chrome

Posted by Jim Earman

Chrome is often used as the material of choice for awards and trophies, which is why it is so very often marked. One of the techniques for marking chrome is engraving.

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Tags: Laser Engraving, chrome

Laser Marking Aluminum

Posted by Jim Earman

Why Laser Mark Aluminum?

There are a huge number of applications that call for laser marking aluminum. Aluminum parts come in all shapes and sizes and are used in a wide range of industries. From aerospace to automotive to consumer goods, aluminum parts serve many needs and are marked for a variety of reasons.

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Tags: aluminum

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