Fiber Laser to Color Change Plastic: Hard Drive Marking
In this blog post, CNCROi.com color changes plastic… without melting it… on a hard drive using our fiber laser tube. The results are permanent, the results awesome!
Having a dual-sourced industrial wide format Austrian CNC laser has many advantages but one that isn’t shown too often is the ability of our fiber laser tube (we have a CO2 as well) to color change plastic without melting it.
If we tried what you saw in the video and images below using our CO2 laser source, it would be a hot mess, here’s a picture showcasing the difference but it would be worse because this is a rubbery kind of plastic, not solid like the earlier hard drive test we did.
As we aren’t actually touching the hard drive or components with anything but surface light, the electronics inside are safe, they are not heated nor are there any vibrations of any kind. This has no effect on the hard drive at all.
Why would somebody want to do this? There are several reasons, the first is branding, it’s permanent and not coming off. It’s also a fantastic way to kill the resale value or possibility of theft as the mark is permanent. If needed, we can also engrave the internal hard drive inside as well so just removing the casing still wouldn’t be a way around theft or resale.
What is really cool about our CNC laser though is that we can run it through a database, so if you had a thousand of these hard drives needing PERMANENT fiber marking and tracking, we can fiber mark a unique QR code or anything else you want to each one.
This presents a lot of opportunities for our clients, see past the hard drive and think workshop tooling, small equipment and other items that are either prone to theft or you wish to hand out for marketing purposes. We can literally brand any and all surfaces to your specs.
Are there any downsides to permanently fiber marking equipment? Yes, it’s permanent. So, be sure that anything you want us to CNC laser fiber mark or color change won’t be changing anytime soon.
Yes, there are many alternatives to CNC laser color changing, stickers are great but easily come off, scratching these by hand is an option if you have more patience than we do and so is UV printing but those all fade, chip or come off over time. Our process is PERMANENT.