MultiSource Manufacturing LLC is committed to providing complete contract fabrication services to OEMs and other customers across the globe. To uphold our standard of comprehensive services, our multiple facilities work as a network of manufacturing, assembling, and finishing providers. From full engineering and prototyping services to finishing and value-added services, our team of expert fabricators can build the components and full assemblies you need.
While prototyping quality components with reliable, well-sourced materials is key to excellence in production, we understand the integral role that finishing services play in a comprehensive process. To meet quality finishing standards, the MultiSource network performs value-added services from plating to laser marking and beyond.
For many manufacturing projects, laser marking is a key operation during the finishing process.
What is Laser Marking?
Just as its name tells, laser marking is a process of labeling or otherwise marking a component with a laser. Laser marking can be accomplished with staining, annealing, cutting away, foaming, or engraving techniques. We perform laser marking operations on a wide range of materials including sheet metal, stainless steel, aluminum, brass, bronze, titanium, plastics, laminants, and painted surfaces.
How does it work?
To perform laser marking, there are several methodologies that vary depending on the material to be marked. Heat marking lasers can burn a surface and create an oxidation process to change the marked surface color. It can also create a chemical change that will otherwise stain or alter the color of a marked surface. This is typical for laser marking plastic surfaces. Engraving can be performed using the heat of a laser to remove surface material with evaporation or melting. Foaming laser marking can be applied to plastics as well. This process creates a gas bubble by evaporating surface material. The diffusion of light through the gas creates a color change in the desired areas.
Benefits of Laser Marking
We utilize laser marking in the finishing of many components because it offers a greater speed of surface marking with consistent quality of precision. Laser marking is effective on a wide range of varying materials and provides a durable, computer-controlled mark that is resistant to many forms of damage. Overall, laser marking is a faster and more highly-controlled marking process that offers a quality, long lasting surface alteration.
To learn more about laser marking and the comprehensive finishing operations we provide, contact MultiSource today. To get started on your fabrication project with the MultiSource network, request a quote or request more information.