D2W
D2W Dork
6/8/21 2:50 p.m.

Can anyone recommend a home laser engraver that is capable of engraving steel and titanium?

What type of laser is best?

What power level do I need to do a good job?

 

SVreX (Forum Supporter)
SVreX (Forum Supporter) MegaDork
6/8/21 2:54 p.m.

Lasers don't work well on reflective surfaces. You need industrial levels of power. 
 

Engravers work better. 

californiamilleghia
californiamilleghia SuperDork
6/8/21 3:02 p.m.
D2W said:

Can anyone recommend a home laser engraver that is capable of engraving steel and titanium?

What type of laser is best?

What power level do I need to do a good job?

Hi ,  are you just trying to use it to just mark the metal with a part number , logo etc  or engrave the metal by removing metal ?

D2W
D2W Dork
6/8/21 3:09 p.m.

I would like it to remove metal to have a more permanent mark, but I realize that may not be possible at a home level of laser.

noddaz
noddaz GRM+ Memberand UberDork
6/8/21 7:32 p.m.

Watching this with more than a bit of curiosity.

 

MadScientistMatt
MadScientistMatt UltimaDork
6/9/21 7:23 a.m.
D2W said:

I would like it to remove metal to have a more permanent mark, but I realize that may not be possible at a home level of laser.

Pulling off a "deep etch" rather than a simply discolored mark is going to need around 500 watts with a CO2 laser, possibly somewhat less with a YAG. Two to four times that will be able to cut sheet metal.

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