4 Ways to make Aluminum YOUR Solution!
We try to keep our customers aware of trends in the market, especially when we believe in the product. More and more companies are changing from stainless steel to aluminum for their marking needs. Today I want to tell you about 4 ways you can make aluminum your marking solution.
Number 1: METALPHOTO
Metalphoto is a process where an image is embedded on photosensitive anodized aluminum. Once the image is embedded, the piece is sealed in an anodic layer for protection. Metalphoto is a cost efttective solution for marking your product in corrosive and caustic conditions. Worried about salt water? DON'T - even the US Navy has made it their preferred choice for marking on their vessels. See more information here.
Number 2: DURABLACK
Composed of a multi-level coating available upon 0.005″ or 0.020″ thick anodized aluminum, DuraBlack can be attached to either curved or flat surfaces with adhesive, rivets or screws. DuraBlack® is CO2 laser markable anodized aluminum created especially for harsh operating environments. It produces a durable, high-resolution product, great for barcodes, text, or any othe readable images. In side-by-side tests, DuraBlack outperforms black anodized aluminum and laser markable acrylic tape in many applications. It is resistant to sunlight (UV-radiation), abrasion, high-temperatures, salt-spray and chemical exposure. Because of its ability to perform across a range of challenging environments, DuraBlack meets several government, industrial and military specifications including MIL-STD 130N, A-A-50271 (≈MIL-P-514D) and MIL-STD-15024F, Type L See more information here.
Number 3: ALUMAMARK
Introduced in 2001, AlumaMark is the only CO2 laser markable material (specially coated anodized aluminum) that produces photo-quality images on real metal without etching, engraving, or adding chemicals. Because AlumaMark is not etched or engraved, but rather marked through a thermal reaction with the heat of a laser, it is possible to create lighter marks and halftone shades. This makes AlumaMark ideal for creating photograph and detailed artwork reproductions.
AlumaMark allows one to create black, positive marks on silver, gold, bronze, brass, or colored
backgrounds. Designed so that it may be marked using low power settings, AlumaMark is used to produce Nameplates, Name Badges, Plaque and Trophy Plates, Labels, Interior Signage, and more.
Number 4: ROTARY ENGRAVING
This process is just what it sounds like. We take a piece of aluminum, put it in our rotary engraver, and it removes the aluminum where told by the computer program. Using a wide array of bits we can change font size to engrave small text to large text like you see here. This piece is 16" x 22".
After engraving the piece we normally fill the engraved area with paint, bake it in an oven, and it is ready to go. It's a more time consuming process than the other 3, but it does provide depth.
Now you know 4 ways that aluminum can be the solution for your next project. Let us help you select the right process for your specific need. That's what we do, and we can do it for you. Until next time, Enjoy Life!