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CO2 Laser Tube Testing

Some laser machine companies are testing co2 glass tube power using a pretty expensive watt reader. I know a lot or most companies just flip machines and dont test the laser at all…let alone the laser tube so that it reaches the rated power. Boss Laser does test their Puri and Reci tubes and are pretty transparent about it. So the point is that if the tube is 50W you should get a minimum of 50W out the end of the tube. Boss actually says they take it a step farther and make sure you get 50 watts out the laser head nozzle. Which is impressive since you can
have quiet a bit of power absorbed as it bounces off the mirrors and through the focal lens.

Apparently when glass tubes are good they’re great but if you get a bad tube – its exactly that – bad. Best thing to do is find out as early as possible so you dont have to deal with it.  By “bad” tube it either wont fire at all or the power is significantly under the agreed rating.  Of course check the mili amp reader that you’ve got enough milli amps.  Also, you want to make sure the power supply that powers the tube is the same wattage as the tube…not less and not more.

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Laser Marking Systems

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What is Laser Marking?

Laser marking is a process of permanently etching a design onto a marking surface. This could be wood, metal, plastic, paper, and various other solid elements. With each type of laser marking procedure you will have laser marking machines and other laser marking equipment that will get the job done effectively and efficiently, depending on the size and power of machine you choose, as well as the kinds of laser etching that you need.

Looking at the process of laser marking, you can easily see how this differs from routing or engraving. With routing or cutting you will actually shape an object with the laser beam actually cutting away at a piece of metal, wood, plastic or other material. Engraving is similar to marking, but with engraving you will go a bit deeper with the cut. Engraving is normally used to personalize items like awards, badges and signs, however, with laser marking you can get a much finer burn into the material and actually get much more detail. What is laser marking for? Well you can get it done for family portraits or other types of artwork, where an image is converted into the laser program and carefully etched or marked into any kind of material. Otherwise you can also use it for creating commercial stationary, for hobbies, and marking computer chips and other tiny, delicate items.

Laser Marking Equipment

When it comes to laser marking equipment, you should only go for the best. This means you must shop around and find out more about the best brand names. Additionally, you must be sure to get all the information regarding add ons like dust collectors and rotation arms which are brilliant for marking cylindrical objects like wine glasses or champagne flutes for a special occasion.

Laser Marking Machines

With all the different kinds of laser marking machines out there, you should understand that each type is made for certain materials. Of course you can get those all inclusive machines that mark and engrave any kind of material, but sometimes it is better to have a specialized machine that performs at optimum level according to your precise requirements. For affordable laser marking machines, check online and make sure you look for used ones that are still in top condition, such as the ones that companies sell when they are upgrading.

Laser Etching

So why is laser etching used? Well, it is the best way of giving an item value or letting people know what it is. This is important when it comes to wood or metal and sometimes even porcelain, as there is no other way of permanently marking these types of materials. The procedure is fast and does not damage the item being marked at all.

Metal Laser Marking

Marking metal is usually one of the more popular types of etching, as you can do so much with metal items. Metal laser marking can be used for decor items, sensitive tools and equipment, like computer parts, and much more. Even pots and pans usually have company names or symbols marked on the bottom, and of course, jewelry is marked to indicate its quality. For instance silver and gold are marked to indicate their authenticity.

Laser Marking Plastic

Plastic is another material that is usually laser etched or laser marked. This gives the plastic many options with regards to uses. Measuring jugs and spoons are normally given symbols of grams or liters when laser marking plastic. Aside from this, names and brands are marked onto toys and plastic furniture, as well as plastic containers simply to indicate a type of plastic, whether it is microwavable, or to imprint an image or pattern onto it for aesthetic purposes.

Whatever you want to create or mark, there will be a top laser marking machine out there for you. How do you know which one to choose? Well, firstly you must research the brand name to find out what the quality is like, and then you should visit a few forums to determine the popularity of the machine in the industry and community of people who use these machines. These will normally talk about the compact desktop machines that hobbyists use, but if you do want to get a commercial, larger marking machine, then take the advice on these forums, and check to see if the same brands offer other models. Often you can also pick the brain of a dedicated and knowledgeable laser machine expert.

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