Laser annealing or carbon migration results in a smooth, high-contrast surface mark.
- Annealing is a common technique for creating black surface marks on stainless-steel or titanium medical components
- Annealing can also be used to create color marking on steel, stainless steel, and titanium
Laser annealing or carbon migration is created by applying heat, just below the melting point, to the surface of the material to produce a superficial heat temper, resulting in a smooth, high-contrast surface mark. This mark is typically jet black in appearance and is common for medical marking on stainless steel and titanium where minimizing surface disruption is paramount.
In addition, annealing can be utilized to create various color markings on stainless steel and titanium. Most annealing can be accomplished with nanosecond fiber lasers; however, we also offer UV and picosecond lasers for reducing the heat-affected zone on the material surface.
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