Fiber laser marking, etching, or engraving is a permanent process on a material target substrate. These laser methods will alter the material surface permanently. The finished product will not fade, or change over time.
Fiber laser engraving can be performed on virtually all materials types including gold, stainless steel, titanium, carbon steel, aluminum alloys, iron, copper, ceramics, glass, and more. The usage of fiber lasers is best suited for metals because of the energy wavelength produced by the fiber laser.
Dye-sublimation printing works by heating a special type of solid ink. This is different from other printing techniques, such as ink-jet and laser printing, which spray liquid ink onto a page or surface. Instead, dye sublimation printing heats up the solid ink, causing it to turn into gas vapors. These vapors make their way into the target surface, where they then turn back into a solid form.
Think of it this way. When printing something with an ink-jet printer, for example, the image is literally painted onto the exterior of the target surface, one dot at a time. However, dye sublimation printing is a much more thorough technique. Instead of laying down the ink on the surface like a painter with a brush, it literally infuses the material, thanks to the ink’s application as gas, instead of a liquid.
A dye-sublimation printed image and its dazzling colors will also be less likely to fade as time goes by than materials printed with other techniques.
CO2 laser engraving, marking, or etching is a semi-permanent process that engraves by changing the surface of the target substrate. CO2 laser engraving provides a wide range of possibilities.
The versatility and reliability of the CO2 are unparalleled in the ability to engrave and process non-metallic materials like wood, glass, stone, plastic, fabric, coated metal and much more!