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Technical Use Guidance for engraving with a FiberMark Epilog Laser Engraver

by Gretchen K Toney, Christopher L Jensen
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ORNL Report
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The FiberMark Epilog Laser Engraver is useful tool having the ability to etch and mark a wide variety of metals and plastics. This laser engraver is capable of creating different marks including annealing metal, etching metal, metal polishing, and plastic marking. Annealing metal is a process in which the metal is heated to a high temperature creating a permanent oxide layer on the surface resulting in a high contrast mark. The benefit of annealing is this type of mark is created without changing the surface finish of the metal. Annealing is the best choice for marking targets used in the Pu238 program due to the high contrast mark it is easily visible throughout the production process. Metal engraving is a process in which the metal is removed from the surface by vaporization. To make a deep metal engraving multiple passes may be required particularly if the metal has a high hardness level (such as stainless steel). Metal polishing is a process in which the surface of the metal is heated quickly causing the color to change and take on a mirror-like finish. This process is best for metals that are darker or have a matte finish. Plastic marking occurs with engineered plastics which undergo a color change in the surface without the surface being damaged. The plastics that are most compatible with the laser engraver’s 1065 nm wavelength of light are PET, ABS, polycarbonate and colored Delrin.