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Laser Engraved and Laser Cut Aluminium

Aluminium is widely used across a range of industries because it’s durable, lightweight and has a high resistance to corrosion. Despite its strength, laser cut aluminium is surprisingly flexible and its low density makes it ideal for applications that require a strong yet lightweight material.

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Applications

Typical Uses

Laser engraved and laser cut aluminium is an indispensable part of many industries. Valued for its unique properties of being lightweight and incredible durable, this robust material is the metal of choice for a range of sectors from aircraft and aerospace to construction and more.

Aluminium is commonly used for electrical cable due to its electrical conductivity. It’s also an ideal material for high voltage towers where its lightweight properties are needed in power lines.

Because it’s light and malleable, it is a common component in many items that we use every day including chairs, lamps, refrigerators, air conditioners, mobile phones, and laptops. Aluminium is food-safe and non-toxic, so you’ll often to see the material being used in kitchen utensils, in packaging of fizzy drinks and of course for wrapping food.

 

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Engraving & marking

Laser Marked & Laser Engraved Aluminium

With a laser machine it’s possible to make sharp and high-contrasting marks on aluminium, whether it’s text and patterns or even high-quality images. Many promotional items are made from aluminium because it’s relatively inexpensive, durable and simple to mark. From pens and bottle openers to drinking flasks, these promotional items are easy to mark with company branding and logos.

 

The Challenges of Laser Cut Aluminium

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Because of its reflective nature, attempting to laser cut aluminium is not a simple task. When a surface is reflective, a laser beam can bounce back off it and damage the laser. If using a CO2 laser, its imperative to coat the material surface to prevent this reflective light from damaging your system.

Applications

Anodised Aluminium

The fundamental difference between regular aluminium and anodised aluminium is that the latter has a layer of oxide over the surface material. This layer of oxide is beneficial for many reasons, it improves the insulation properties of the material and increases the thickness of the surface, turning it into a very hard compound and therefore ensuring it’ll have a high wear resistance. In fact, the surface of anodised aluminium is so hard, it comes second only to diamond on the Mohs scale.


The addition of this anodised layer to aluminium makes it a particularly easy material to laser mark and laser engrave. Unlike non-anodised aluminium, a CO2 laser can be used effectively to mark and engrave anodised aluminium.

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Recommendations

At Lotus Laser Systems we manufacture a wide range laser marking and engraving solutions ideally configured for laser marking and laser engraving aluminium. From UV to fiber, our experts would be happy to recommend which configuration best suits your application.

First introduced in 2012 and now in it's 7th incarnation, the Meta-C MOPA fiber laser engraving machine is built for 24/7 use over decades, it has a track record of near zero failures over millions of flawless operations and features our latest 3D laser head (3-Axis).

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3D (3-Axis) MOPA Fiber 30-80

As one of the first commercially available UV laser marking machines, the Meta-C UV is able to mark practically anything. Designed to serve the commercial and industrial sectors, built with our time-tested Meta-C chassis, with a projected working life of over 15 years.

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3D (3-Axis) Ultraviolet 5-15

We know of no other MOPA fiber laser marking machine on the market today at this price point that delivers the performance and functionality of µMeta. Built using the same high-grade components as the rest of the Meta line, just more compact, boasting x17 waveforms making it ideal for colour marking and difficult materials.

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2D (2-Axis) MOPA Fiber 30-60

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