Color marking is the method of using lasers to add color to an object. Using color marking lets you increase your application capabilities and provide more versatile solutions for your potential customers. Using lasers for color marking is not a new process, it was established over 10 years ago. This process was initially identified as a feasible method for marking on craft metal and jewelry, although rarely used. There is now a greater demand for this process as manufacturers of consumer goods are looking for new techniques and finishes to provide product differentiation. This application insight gives you a quick look at a variety of materials that are color mark-able including stainless steel and titanium, as well as exploring the parameters and benefits of the pulsed fiber laser in relation to color application.
Color marking alters the surface of the material and can create distinct colors on the product.
Raw metal has a variety of possible colors that can be marked on them, with the colors being produced by based on your lasers frequencies, power, speed, focal distance, and more.
Applicable materials color marking metals include, but are not limited to: Titanium, Stainless Steel, Steel, and Chrome.