When laser marking on organic materials, the CO2 source is the best solution for marking on glass, leather, wood and paper. The YAG laser does not normally produce satisfactory results for these materials.
Laser engraving on wood involves removing material from the top surface down to a specified depth by exerting strict control over laser modulation.
The effect of laser engraving on wood depends on which type of wood is being engraved. For example, maple will produce a lighter engraving, and cherry will appear darker and richer.
Compared to other conventional solutions, such as the ink jet printing or hot stamping using a die that cannot produce accurate details, laser engraving on wood gives the user extreme flexibility and the ability to refine pieces for very high quality.
Laser marking on glass only scores the surface. With a fine laser and a rotating axis, even the most detailed images, text and logos can be applied with ease.
This application is typically used for in manufacturing glassware for the culinary and housewares industries. Typical markings are company logos as well as calibration marks.
Likewise, in the competitive wines and spirits market, personalization of glasses or bottles allows the consumer to recognize a brand immediately.
Because of its durability and good contrast, laser engraving on leather is very popular. Genuine leather as well as many varieties of imitation leather are well suited for laser marking.
Laser engraving on leather involves burning motifs, letters, and designs into the leather. However, laser cutting produces extremely precise cutting edges with no fraying.
Common applications mostly involve fashion personalization, finishing leather products with logos and designs, or engraving leather bracelets, shoes, purses, or book covers.