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2020 Buyer's Guide to Laser Marking Machine

Laser Marking Machine

Are you looking forward to DIY or buy an affordable laser marking machine? Check out the 2020 new laser marker buyer's guide as follows, we'll offer you the best laser marking systems of 2020 with custom laser marking service to fit your laser marking projects, ideas and plans.

What is a Laser Marking Machine?

Laser marking machine is a type of laser system with CNC (Computer Numerical Control) which adopts fiber, CO2 or UV laser beam to leave permanent marks of letters, numbers, signs, logos, patterns, pictures, photos on an 2D/3D surface such as metals (stainless steel, carbon steel, galvanized steel, alloy, copper, brass, aluminum, gold, silver, iron, titanium), wood, leather, fabric, plastic, glass which also includes color change due to chemical or molecular alteration, charring, foaming, melting, ablation, etc. This is different from ordinary inkjet printing and CO2 laser marker. Laser marking machine has advantages of high speed, high quality, high precision, pollution-free, safety, easy operation, free maintenance and low cost. Laser marking machines are also known as laser markers, laser mark machines, laser marker machines, laser marking systems, laser marking machines, laser marking equipments, laser labeling machines, laser printing machines and laser marking tools.

How Does a Laser Marking System Work?

Laser marking systems adopt laser beam to mark label that has been made by graphic utilities. There are both 2D laser marking for flat surfaces, and 3D laser marking for curved surfaces.
2D Laser Marking System
The mirror galvanometers are used to scan laser beam and mark on 2D surface. The f˜ lens is used to concentrate the light on the 2D surface.
3D Laser Marking System
The mirror galvanometers are used to scan laser beam and mark on 3D surface. They will move the focus lens (instead of f˜ lens) back and start adjusting the laser beam not only on X axis and Y axis, but also on Z axis.
Laser Marking Process
Laser marking system has six different marking processes include annealing engraving, marking, staining, foaming, removing and carbonizing, which is widely used in industrial manufacturing applications, school education, small businesses, home business, small shop and home shop.

What is a Laser Marking System Used For?

Laser marking systems are distinguished by the laser oscillator. We have fiber laser oscillator generating a 1.06μm laser beam, a UV laser oscillator generating a 0.355μm laser beam, a CO2 laser oscillator generating a 10.6μm laser beam. UV laser converts a fundamental laser to one-third wavelength by a non-linear optical crystal. Fiber lasers are known for generating power effciently, thy are compact due to the oscillation principle. Fiber laser is more suitable for processing metals than UV laser and CO2 laser. UV lasers are effected by the laser wavelength conversions, they can make detailed processing with a low thermal effect for the materials that have a high absorption rate for these wavelengths, however, the operating cost may be high. UV laser markers are very good for plastic. CO2 lasers are more easily absorbed by clear materials because they have a longer wavelength than fiber lasers and UV lasers, this makes them good for marking glass or other clear materials. CO2 lasers are very good for PVC, paper, rubber, glass and wood.

How Many Types of Laser Marking System?

As you are looking for, we always call them as laser metal marking machine, laser wood marking machine, laser jewelry marking machine, laser gold marking machine, laser stainless steel marking machine, laser bearing marking machine, laser plastic marking machine, laser glass marking machine.
Laser Sources: Fiber laser marking systems, CO2 laser marking systems, UV laser marking systems.
Table Sizes: Mini laser marker machines, portable laser marker machines, handheld laser marker machines, desktop laser marker machines.
Applications: Home laser marker machines, hobby laser marker machines, industrial laser marking systems according
Functions: MOPA laser marking systems, color laser marking systems, 3D laser marking systems, online flying laser marking systems.

Technical Parameters

BrandSTYLECNC
Laser Power20W, 30W, 50W, 60W, 70W, 80W, 100W, 130W, 150W, 180W, 200W, 300W
Laser SourceFiber laser, CO2 laser, UV laser
Marking Depth0.01~0.5mm
Marking Speed≤15000mm/s
Marking ContentLetters, Numbers, Signs, Logos, Patterns, Pictures
Marking MaterialsMetals (stainless steel, carbon steel, galvanized steel, alloy, copper, brass, aluminum, gold, silver, iron, titanium), Wood, Leather, Fabric, Plastic, Glass
Price Range$3,000.00 - $70,000.00
Cooling WayAir cooling, Water cooling
Operation SystemMicrosoft Windows
How Much Does a Laser Marking Machine Cost?

If you have an idea to buy a laser marker machine, you may wonder how much does a laser mark machine cost? how to get a fair price or final price? According to different laser powers, laser sources, laser software, control system, driving system, spare parts, kits, other hardwares and softwares, you will get a final price range from $3,500.00 to $70,000.00. A fiber laser marking machine cost is from $3,500.00 to $28,500.00. A CO2 laser marking machine cost is from $4,500 to $70,000.00. A UV laser marking machine cost is from $10,000 to $30,000.00. If you want to buy overseas, the fee of tax, customs clearance and shipping costs should be included in the final price.

What are the Advantages and Benefits of Laser Marking?

Laser marking is one of the fastest marking solutions available in the market. This results in high productivity and cost benefits during manufacture. Depending on the material structure and size, different laser machines (e. g. galvo lasers) or laser sources (e. g. fiber lasers) can be used to further increase the speed. Laser marking is permanent and at the same time resistant to abrasion, heat and acids. Depending on the laser parameter settings, certain materials can also be marked without damaging the surface. Thanks to the high precision of laser marking, even very delicate graphics, 1-point fonts and very small geometries will turn out clearly legible. At the same time, marking with the laser ensures constant high-quality results.

Is a Laser Marker Hard to Use for a Beginner?

We helped a lot of beginners in laser machines, if you have a basic knowledge of computers and are willing to spend a little time on learning, it is not too hard. When you ordered a laser marker machine from STYLECNC, we will send the user manual and operating videos to you, you can also get the 24/7 free online service by calling, email, whatsapp, livechat or remote desktop with teamviewer.

How to Pay for a Laser Marking System?

You can pay via: 1. TT (Telegraphic Transfer) is the method of payment by electronic transfer of funds from one bank account to another. Telegraphic transfer is a fast nature of the transaction, which can be complete within two to four business days. 2. e-Checking is available to buyers with checking accounts from any bank in the United States. 3. Credit card payments with Visa or Mastercard are supported.

How to Ship a Laser Marking Machine?

All laser machines can be shipped worldwide by sea, by air or by international express logistics via DHL, FEDEX, UPS. You are welcome to get a free quotation by filling up the form with name, email, detailed address, product and requirements, we will shortly contact you with the full information including the most suitable delivery method (fast, secure, discreet) and freight. A laser machine firstly should be packaged well in a free-fumigation wooden crate. Usually, we deliver the machine by ship, sometimes, as customer's requirements, we can also deliver by air or by train. When the laser machine arrived at your sea port or destination, you can pick up with the bill of lading we offered. We can also arrange the cargo agent to send to your door.

How Much Does it Cost to Ship a Laser Marker?

You are welcome to get a free quotation by filling up the form with name, email, detailed address, product and requirements, we'll estimate the shipping cost for your machine. Please note, customs fees and additional fees may apply for international shipments. Contact your local customs office for more information. If you want to get the final price, please contact us to get a free quotation, we'll calculate the final price of the required machine.

How to Choose a Laser Mark Machine Manufacturer?

As a guaranteed CNC laser machine manufacturer and supplier, STYLECNC provides all kinds of best laser markers for sale to fit your works. STYLECNC laser mark machines adopt genuine system and software, the best original parts and kits. STYLECNC offers cost price for your laser mark plans without any intermediate. You will get the best machine at an affordable price from us. STYLECNC also offers smart 2D/3D laser marking solutions, 24/7 one-to-one laser marking service and support, which is available free.

Do You Have Service and Support for Laser Marking Systems?

As a professional CNC laser machine manufacturer and supplier, STYLECNC will supply all machines with training video and user's manual in English for installing, operation, maintenance and trouble-shooting, and shall give technical guide by remote, such as TeamViewer, E-mail, Telephone, Mobile, Whatsapp, Skype, 24/7 online chat, and so on, when you meet some problems of installation, operation or adjusting. You can come to our factory for training. We will offer professional guidance, direct and effective face-to-face training. Here we have assembled equipment, all sorts of tools and testing facility. Training Time: 3~5 days. Our engineer will do a door-to-door instruction training service at your local site. We need your help to handle visa procedures, pre-paid travel and accommodation for us during the issuance of business travel and services.

Do You Have Warranty for Laser Marker Machines?

As a top CNC laser machine brand in the world, STYLECNC promise: 1. 1-3 years for the whole machine. 2. Long life-time maintenance, after-sale department will offer 24/7 English online support. 3. Except the damage artificially, we are responsible for offering the fittings free of charge during warranty. 4. After the warranty period expired, you only need to pay the actual maintenance cost. 5. Certificate support: CE, FDA, SGS.

Do you have Customization Service for Laser Marker Machine?

Usually, we will manufacture laser machines as our common design. We have a broad range of capabilities and manufacturing strengths, which makes it possible for STYLECNC to customize our existing products for custom and OEM customers. 1. Table sizes could be customized designs. 2. Logos could be customized as your requirements. 3. Colors could be customized as your requirements. 4. Special configurations could be customer-oriented designing.

How to Buy a Laser Marking Machine?

1. Consult:
We will recommend the most affordable laser marking system to you after being informed by your requirements:
The materials you want to mark.
The max size of the materials (Length * Width * Thickness).
2. Quotation:
We will offer you with our detail quotation according to the consulted laser marker:
The best laser machine specifications, accessories and the affordable laser marking system price.
3. Process Evaluation:
Both sides carefully evaluate the details (technical parameters, specifications and business terms) of the order to exclude any misunderstanding.
4. Placing Order:
If you have no doubt, we will send you the PI (Proforma Invoice), then we will sign a contract with you.
5. Production:
We will arrange the laser machine production as soon as receiving your contract and deposit. The latest news about production will be updated and informed to the buyer during the production.
6. Inspection:
The whole laser machine production procedure will be under regular inspection and strict quality control. The complete laser machine will be tested to make sure they can work well before out of factory.
7. Delivery:
We will arrange the delivery as the terms in the contract after the confirmation by the buyer.
8. Custom Clearance:
We will supply and deliver all the necessary shipping documents to the laser machine buyer and ensure a smooth customs clearance.
9. Support and Service:
We will offer professional technical support and 24/7 free service by:
Phone, Email, Skype, WhatsApp, Online Live Chat, Remote Service.
We also have door-to-door service in some areas.

How to Maintain a Laser Mark Machine?

1. When the machine is not working, cut off the power of the marking machine and the computer, and cover the field lens cap to prevent dust from contaminating the optical lens.
2. The circuit is in a high voltage state when the machine is working. Non-professionals should not perform maintenance during startup to avoid electric shock.
3. If there is any malfunction of the machine, cut off the power immediately.
4. If the machine is used for a long time, the dust in the air will be adsorbed on the lower surface of the focusing lens. The lighter will reduce the power of the laser and affect the marking effect; the heavy one will cause optics.
5. The lens absorbs heat and causes it to burst. When the marking effect is not good, carefully check the surface of the focusing lens for contamination.
6. If the surface of the focusing lens is contaminated, remove the focusing lens and clean its lower surface.
7. Take special care when removing the focusing lens, take care not to damage or drop it; also, do not touch the focusing lens surface with your hand or other objects.
8. The cleaning method is to inject absolute ethanol into the mixed solution with a long-fiber cotton swab or lens paper, and gently scrub it.
9. The lower surface of the focusing lens must be replaced with a cotton swab or lens paper every time it is wiped.
10. During the work of the machine, do not move the marking machine, so as not to damage the machine.
11. Do not cover or pile other items on the machine to avoid affecting the heat dissipation effect of the machine.

Troubleshooting

After using the laser mark machine for a period of time, you may troubled by some problems, how to solve these problems when they occur? The following is a description of common laser marking system troubleshooting methods by STYLECNC.


1. No laser beam output.


a. The board is damaged. Replace the board.

b. The Q switch is broken. Replace the Q switch.

c. The Q driver is broken. Replace the Q driver.

d. The laser power is bad. Replace the laser power.

e. The light path is not adjusted properly, readjust the light path.

f. Computer control system or computer obstruction, reinstall the system or replace the computer.

g. The signal connection between the board and the driver is open circuit, exchange or reweld.


2. New equipment that has not been used for a long time, the laser output power is weak:


a. Whether the laser output power measured at the factory reaches the technical specifications.

b. Whether the accuracy of the resonator adjustment meets the requirements.

c. Whether there is light leakage in the transflective film.

d. Whether the insertion loss of the acousto-optic switch is within the specified range.


3. After using the laser machine for a period of time, the laser output power decreases:


a. Whether the laser cavity changes: Fine-tune the cavity lens to make the output spot the best.

b. Whether the anti-reflection and output diaphragm are stained.

c. The acousto-optic crystal shifts or the acousto-optic power output energy is low: adjust the position of the acousto-optic crystal.

d. Whether the temperature difference between the water temperature setting of the cooling water tank and the ambient temperature exceeds 5 °C.

e. Whether the service life of the cymbal lamp has expired.

f. The laser entering the galvanometer is off-center: adjust the laser.


4. The laser output power of the laser marking machine is normal, but the laser beam cannot be marked:


a. Whether the adjustment of the optical system is accurate.

b. Whether the acousto-optic switch can act as a switch.

c. The D/A card controls whether the sound and light output signal reaches 5V.


5. The marking pattern is partially unclear.


Solution: Check whether the thickness of the mold plate is uniform, whether the mold pressure is too small, whether the temperature is too low, and whether the accuracy of the machine is reduced.


Key points of process control: The thickness error of the stamping plate should be controlled within 0.01mm, and the hardness should be maintained at 230-280N / mm. Because the hologram is embossing interference fringes by applying a certain pressure to the embossing roller, if the hardness of the embossing plate is insufficient, internal stress will deform or damage the embossing plate during the imprinting process.


6. The marking pattern is dim.


Solution: Check whether the heating temperature is too low and whether the molding pressure has dropped.


Key points for process control: The setting of the molding pressure should take into account the molding temperature, the type of holographic material, or the condition of the softening point of the coating layer. If the pressure is too high, the embossed plate is easily damaged or the holographic material is damaged. If the pressure is too low, the molded image is unclear and incomplete. For the round pressing method, the initial pressure of the pressure rollers on both sides is generally about 0.08 MPa. After the start of molding, slowly increase the pressure of the pressure roller evenly to 030 to 0.50 MPa. The molding speed can be comprehensively adjusted according to the performance of the embossing quality machine.


7. Focus shift


Because each focusing lens corresponds to the range of focal depth, and it is very easy to use off-focus methods to cause a large range of marking patterns. When the edge is at the focal depth critical point or beyond the focal depth range, it is very easy The effect appears uneven. Therefore, the method of defocus marking is to consider the problem of laser energy.

CAUTION

1. It is strictly forbidden to start the laser power supply and Q-switched power supply in the absence of water or abnormal water circulation;

2. No-load operation of Q power supply is not allowed (that is, the output end of Q-adjusted power supply is floating);

3. If an abnormal phenomenon occurs, first turn off the galvanometer switch and key switch, and then check;

4. It is not allowed to start other components before the cymbal lamp is ignited to prevent high voltage from entering the damaged components;

5. Pay attention to the laser power output (anode) floating to prevent fire and breakdown with other electrical appliances;

6. Keep the internal circulating water clean. Clean the water tank regularly and replace it with deionized or pure water.


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