The automotive industry uses laser technology throughout its production process, from technical car components to aesthetic buttons and switches.
Laser marking is the technique widely used on automotive components to create data matrix codes and identifying numbers.
Laser engraving is a way of leaving a permanent mark on a material, often metals. Unlike other techniques, when laser engraving, the laser actually removes parts from the surface of the material being worked on. This means you can both see and physically feel the mark left by laser engraving. To find out more about laser engraving and the difference between it and other techniques, read our laser marking, engraving and etching article.
Lasers (Light Amplification by the Stimulated Emission of Radiation) can be used to permanently mark, engrave or etch a range of materials, including metals such as stainless steel and aluminium, plastics such as acrylic, and wood. Using machines that use lasers, this marking, engraving and etching is used in a number of industries for a number of reasons and applications.
For the arty among you, you may well associate screen printing with the iconic work of pop artists like Andy Warhol and Roy Lichteinstien who used the technique to revolutionise the art world in the 1960s.
Take a good look around you. If you’re wondering what pad printing is or what it’s used for, the answer’s probably staring you in the face.