When you need to add permanent text, graphics, or branding
Mile High Powder Coating is proud to announce the addition of a CO2 laser for marking and engraving to our roster of finishing services. Mile High can now mark or engrave coated metals, aluminum, glass, plastics, and more.
Laser marking and engraving is rapidly supplanting silk screening as a marking technology for certain surfaces due to its permanence, cost-effectiveness, and the ability to create sequential output (serial numbers, etc.). It is a computer-driven, non-contact process with superior quality, resolution, accuracy, and design flexibility.
Our cutting-edge CO2 laser allows us to do everything from industrial part and asset marking to custom marking and engraving work (rims, valve covers, dash box covers, glass emblems and promotional items). Our laser system offers a generous 40” X 28” engraving area. Whether your project is a one-of-a-kind design prototype or you need high volume part marking or serialization, precision computer control means the last part marked will look as good as the first!
Our laser system was originally purchased for adding branding and/or graphics to powder-coated surfaces (logos or text on powder coated products and graphic designs on powder coated rims) but has far greater versatility. We can mark or engrave powder coated metal, aluminum, wood, glass, plastic, and more. Check our specs section below for a full list of our capabilities.
We can apply logos, graphic designs, barcodes, text or serial numbers. For graphics, the quality of the source image is really important; the higher the image quality, the better your engraving. For graphic sources, we can use scanned photos, logos, bitmaps, other images, text, and even AutoCAD and other vector-type files. If we can print it, we can mark or engrave it for you. Check our specs section below for a full list of files supported graphic files.
Laser Marking and Engraving Applications
- Auto part decoration and branding
- Custom signs
- Asset or tool marking
- Name Plates
- Promotional Items
- Company identification tags
Is our CO2 laser the right fit for your project?
Engraving area: 40″ x 28″
Maximum Material Thickness: 13.25″
Maximum Diameter (rotary attachment): 10.75”
Graphical Sources: The higher the quality of the graphic, the better your engraving
For Laser Engraving: scanned photos, logos, bitmaps, other images, text, and AutoCAD files. Essentially, if you can print it, you can engrave it.
For Laser Cutting: vector based graphic – .EPS, .AI (Illustrator), .CDW (CorelDraw)
File types supported:
- Adobe Illustrator (AI)
- Adobe Type 1 Font (PFB)
- Windows Bitmap (BMP)
- OS/2 Bitmap (BMP)
- Computer Graphics Metafile (CGM)
- Visio (VSD)
- CorelDRAW (CDR)
- Corel Presentation Exchange (CMX)
- Corel PHOTO-PAINT (CPT)
- Corel Symbol Library (CSL)
- Cursor Resource (CUR)
- Microsoft Word (DOC, DOCX, or RTF)
- Microsoft Publisher (PUB)
- Corel DESIGNER (DES, DSF, DS4, or DRW)
- AutoCAD Drawing Database (DWG) and AutoCAD Drawing Interchange Format (DXF)
- Encapsulated PostScript (EPS)
- PostScript (PS or PRN)
- JPEG (JPG)
- JPEG 2000 (JP2)
- Kodak Photo CD Image (PCD)
- PICT (PCT)
- PaintBrush (PCX)
- Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF)
- HPGL Plotter File (PLT)
- Portable Network Graphics (PNG)
- Adobe Photoshop (PSD)
- Corel Painter (RIF)
- Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG)
- Macromedia Flash (SWF)
- TARGA (TGA)
- Corel Paint Shop Pro (PSP)
3D Engraving: NO. 3D effects are achieved by contouring effects on the original artwork only.
Maximum resolution for source images: 1200 DPI
Laser Wattage: 60 Watts
Our laser is 100% designed, engineered and built in the USA.
LaserTechniques & Materials
Laser Marking (Annealing)
This non-contact method is used for creating permanent markings on materials using laser light. The marking is actually an oxide layer produced by carefully controlled heating. The advantage: it produces permanent markings without the deformation and stress points produced by other marking methods. See below for full materials list. For stainless steel, brass, titanium, and bare metals, a metal marking compound is required.
Here the laser is used to melt and vaporize the powder coating or other material to create a depression. Engraving depth depends on material hardness and laser energy applied. We can engrave to your specifications. For wood, plastic, glass, coated metals, and anodized aluminum.
In this technique, the laser is used to partially remove powder coating layers from the base material for a contrasting effect. Typically, the base metal or layer has a markedly different color. So we can remove powder coat to reveal the metal beneath; the laser vaporizes the powder coating right off leaving a clean finish. Note: if this is for exterior use then a clear topcoat may be required.
For a proper estimate, please include:
- a photo of what you are trying to laser
- the graphic you want applied so we can understand what you are trying to do
Laser services are offered in conjunction with powder coating. We use our laser to remove the powder coating in the desired design.