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It is sometimes difficult to determine the best laser power and speed settings for CerMark materials. There are numerous variables that affect what settings you should use. The type of substrate, thickness of the substrate, and the substrate’s ability to conduct heat will influence the power needed to make a mark on it. For example, aluminum conducts heat much better than steel, so it will require more marking power and/or much slower speed. A thicker substrate will dissipate heat much faster than a thinner one, again meaning more power may be needed to make the mark. (See the CerMark publication...

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I found a software that auto corrects and vectorizes poor quality graphics and logos recently at a trade show and thought it could be very helpful to some of our customers. The software takes poor quality fonts and artwork and turns them into editable production-ready original vector files. Low res jagged shapes are quickly converted into perfect squares, rectangles, arcs, and circles. repeated shapes are reproduced with a click of the mouse. The FontEye tool can identify over 100,000 fonts from a variety of font libraries. Poor quality fonts can be quickly replaced with original font files right into your...

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When laser marking soft metals like aluminum, brass, bronze, copper, or pewter for best results you should use CerMark LMM 14 coating instead of CerMark LMM 6000.  Copper and brass items often have a clear lacquer coating on them to prevent tarnishing.  This clear coating will prevent the CerMark from sticking correctly to the metal.  Soft metals suck the heat away from the laser area very fast and require slow speed and high power to properly make a mark.  Every laser is different so it is important that you test several settings to get the best mark.  Make sure you...

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We are regularly asked about marking medical devices ranging from surgical tools, instruments and even implants. The following note explains factors that you need to consider when specifying CerMark as a marking solution.  FDA Approval A common question is “do your products have FDA approval?”  CerMark is a coating used in a marking process.  FDA approval must be obtained by each medical device manufacture where the process of marking would be considered part of the items manufacturing process.  The CerMark coating and marking process otherwise generically referred to as “laser bonding” is not something the FDA can approve by its’...

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