Marking and Laser Engraving Copper

Copper is a metal that is highly valued for its excellent conductivity and attractive finish. It’s often used for both industrial and commercial applications, and plays a crucial role in various industries from electrical to construction to art and design. Let’s explore the properties of copper, discover what it’s typically used for and find out why marking and laser engraving copper is a popular technique for many applications…

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The Properties of Copper

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Good Electrical Conductivity
Copper is indispensable in electrical applications because it is one of the best conductors of electricity.

Resistant to Corrosion
Copper is highly resistant to corrosion making it particularly useful for marine environments.

Excellent Thermal Conductivity
Copper efficiently conducts heat which is why it is so widely used in both domestic and commercial kitchens for pots, pans and utensils.

Highly Malleable
Copper has the ability to be shaped and stretched without breaking, making it the perfect material for wiring and why it’s used widely in manufacturing and construction.

Aesthetic Appeal
As well as its practical uses, copper is highly regarded for its distinctive reddish-brown colour. For this reason it is often used for decorative applications and is often left untreated to form its distinctive natural patina over time.


Typical Uses of Copper

Because of its unique properties, copper is used across a host of industries, let’s take a look at some of them…

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Because it has superior conductivity, copper is often used in electrical wiring, printed circuit boards and electrical wiring.

For both functional and decorative purposes, you’ll find copper is used a lot in construction across plumbing, roofing and cladding.

Industrial Machinery
Copper is used widely in machinery that requires efficient heat transfer, for example in boilers and heat exchangers.

Across the aerospace and automotive industries copper is widely used in radiators, brake systems and other components that require reliable thermal and electrical conductivity.

Decorative Items
Copper is often used in industries simply for its aesthetic appeal, whether this is for sculptures across art and design or for intricate jewellery items.


Applications of Laser Engraved Copper

Marking and laser engraving copper results in extremely detailed markings that will stand the test of time, let’s take a look at some of the applications of laser engraving copper…

Industrial Marking

Traceability is key in manufacturing, and laser marking and engraving is the ultimate way to engrave copper components with key information such as part numbers, barcodes and other essential information. Unlike other marking methods, laser engraving this information ensures it is permanently legible without risk of distortion.

Branding and Customisation

Copper can be customised with logos, artwork and other elements for brand awareness. Using a laser engraving machine to permanently mark copper in this way results in a deep black finish that contrasts perfectly against the copper finish.

Electrical Components

Laser engraving electrical components with identification codes and other important information ensures compliance with industry standards.

Plaques and Signs

Whether it’s medals, trophies or memorial signs, laser engraving copper has a high quality finish that will keep in perfect condition whether used inside or out. The finest of details can be achieved with a laser engraving machine, ensuring any message or logo is extremely precise and long-lasting.



Whether you want to laser engrave copper for branding, industrial use, artistic purposes, or electrical applications, we have the perfect solution for you. Get in touch today and let our experts help to take your business to the next level.

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