Industrial Manufacturing cutting application of thin metal target material using CO2 laser

Industrial Manufacturing

Sealed tube CO2 lasers offer significant advantages over traditional mechanical, industrial manufacturing methods in modern high-speed processing systems. Precision, speed, and non-contact attributes deliver accurate, repeatable results while lowering operating costs with minimal service requirements and reliable operation year after year. Size and weight are additional advantages, enabling OEMs and system integrators to design compact processing systems.

Synrad keeps pace with the dynamic world of industrial CO2 laser applications and target materials by maintaining active R&D and Applications Engineering Teams. Because no one laser is suited for every application or target material, Synrad offers a wide variety of sealed tube CO2 laser modules. Further, Synrad regularly releases new laser models to meet the demands of our customers and the industrial manufacturing industry at large.


Precision hole drilling requires a laser with high peak power and fast rise/fall times to minimize discoloration, and good beam quality ensure symmetrical holes. Recommended Synrad high performance drilling lasers include:


Marking processes require a laser with excellent beam quality for crisp marking and good stability for consistent results. Recommended CO2 lasers include:


Coding is a similar CO2 laser process to marking and done with low power (10W – 30W) lasers. The difference is that coding a mark that varies, either from piece to piece as in a unique item code, or across a group as in an expiration date. Laser coding is preferred over other methods because the code is permanent, will not fade or rub off. A CO2 laser has a distinct advantage over a solid-state laser when coding anodized metals; the anodized protection stays intact when the pigment is removed, thus creating a high contrast, readable code. Recommended coding lasers include:


Selectively removing one material from the surface of another is a process known as ablation. This can include processes such as ablating powder-coating or paint from metals, wire stripping, or selectively removing polymers from different substrates, among others. Ablation lasers require good power density stability for consistent results. Recommended CO2 lasers include:


Perforating requires a laser with high peak power and excellent beam quality for crisp, symmetrical perforations. Recommended 100W to 400W lasers include:


An engraving process vaporizes material to create deep marks in target materials. This can be useful in marking materials (often plastics) that do not change color when absorbing CO2 laser light. Engraving can create a unique shadowing effect that provides visible contrast to the engraved area. Lasers with excellent beam quality for precise material removal and higher average power for faster throughput speed are best. Recommended CO2 engraving lasers include:

Surface Texture

Manipulating surface texture to enhance tactile quality is an excellent application for a CO2 laser. Synrad lasers can mark or ablate plastics, wood, resin based composites, rubber and rubber-like materials to improve tactile quality for a wide variety products. Recommended CO2 lasers include:

Glass Marking

Synrad pioneered laser glass marking and today often replaces sandblasting as the preferred method for marking glass. Laser marking glass avoids all the hazards associated with sandblasting while delivering faster, easier design or text change-overs with far better detail. Recommended glass marking CO2 lasers include:


Precision and speed are paramount to cutting applications for industrial manufacturing and CO2 lasers are very well suited for a variety of cutting applications. Generally higher average power increases cut speed, while high peak power improves piercing challenging materials while reducing discoloration. Matching the right wavelength to the target material ensures cutting results and helps minimizes discoloration and melt. Good mode quality ensures consistent kerfs, and power density stability is critical for thin materials by ensuring consistent cut quality. Recommended Synrad sealed CO2 lasers include:

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