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2019 Laser Engraving Report

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12 l Laser Engraving Report 2019 A-E-mag.com • SDGmag.com important to optimize your settings with each one. When optimizing your settings, you should always run your laser at 100% power or as close to 100% as the laser manufacturer recommends. It is important that you keep your power setting the same throughout your testing. Your speed setting should be the only variable you change during optimization. Color mapping functionality is available on almost all lasers and is the best way to optimize your settings quickly because it allows you to set your power at 100% and test a variety of speeds in one run on the laser. As mentioned above, if the imprint comes off after you engrave the item due to laser settings, it is because your speed set- ting is too fast. Other reasons for an imprint coming off do not involve laser settings and are due to other factors, such as the exis- tence of coating on the metal (for example, brass is often coated to prevent corrosion) or the metal inherently being unfavorable for laser engraving (for example, copper or an odd metal alloy). Following these basic tips can help ensure high-quality marks on your metal projects. Whether you process a large number of metal items or just a few here and there, it's possible to achieve success in this market. Whether you process a large number of metal items or just a few here and there, it's possible to achieve success in this market. IMAGE COURTESY RYAN HUDDLESTON Follow these links to the A&E website where you can get quick tips on metal marking: • http://aemag.ly/metalmarking2 • http://aemag.ly/laserbond • http://aemag.ly/oddmetal

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