MATERIALS: Laird Technologies Inc. announced the launch of its product demonstration video series. This first video discusses in detail the advanced laser marking and metal coloring processes that are involved in handset metal manufacturing. The video is available for viewing and downloading on the Laird Technologies Website.
The video examines how laser marking is used to design custom markings, patterns, logos, part numbers, or any other information desired on the handset metal surfaces. This is accomplished by focusing a laser beam directly onto the metal surface, applying a precise amount of power and balance with proper movement, so the metal is not destroyed. Aluminum and stainless steel are the most common metals used in this marking process.
Laser marking includes several benefits such as being permanent or not easily removed, can be easily integrated into the existing manufacturing process, and replacing the use of some adhesive labels on handset metals; thus reducing the overall cost.
The video also explains how color is created in a logo with the use of a laser on stainless steel metal. Color is constructed in the marking of the stainless steel metal by creating an oxide film that creates a reflective interference of light on the surface of the metal. A variety of colors can be produced including silver, white, gold, violet, orange, red, brown, black, blue, green, and yellow.
Later handset metal tutorial videos will cover the capabilities of Laird Technologies in laser welding, cutting, and engraving of handset metals.
-Edited by Kelsey Anderson