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Foam Laser Etching

Foam laser etching / engraving adds branding, instructions or details to improve usability of your case inserts

Foam Laser Engraver or laser etching has a number of benefits. The most widely used application however is to add branding and company logos to foam products. This in turn provides ongoing brand awareness.


However, there are a wide number of other applications. This includes adding instructions, part and batch numbers, and even warnings and health and safety information.


Ultimately, a foam laser engraver can enhance both the aesthetic appearance and usability of your foam inserts and / or packaging.

Foam laser etching is surprisingly versatile. It is ideal for branding and logos. It can be used for batch identification, warnings and instructions. It can be used to simply enhance your foams aesthetic appearance. And perhaps most importantly, it allows another branding opportunity for your business.

Benefits of a Foam Laser Engraver

  • Ideal for logos, branding, identification and instructions
  • Exceptional accuracy and clarity
  • Longer lifespan and hard wearing compared with printing techniques
  • Almost limitless possibilities through CAD software integration
  • No impact on foams’ performance or properties
  • Can be used in conjunction with die cutting, CNC routing and water-jet techniques
  • Low origination cost

Enhance any foam insert with branding, instructions & identification

Foam laser engraving, also known as laser marking and laser etching, is frequently used on GWP Protective’s foam inserts, either for branding purposes (e.g. logos).


However, it is also frequently used for helping with identification, traceability, inspection purposes or even to provide instructions to the end user.

Foam laser engraving

In contrast to printed and / or stencilled ink based printing and marking techniques, a foam laser engraver has a much longer lifespan and is far more resistant to scuffs and scratches.


As data is fed into the foam laser etching equipment via the latest CAD software, there is almost no limit to the logos, text or images that can be achieved.


All this is coupled with excellent detail and clarity thanks to the fine tolerances and exceptional accuracy of the laser, whilst not affecting the properties and performance of the foam material.

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Laser etched foam examples

View a selection of foam inserts and packaging that have been enhanced through foam laser engraving. Please click the individual thumbnails for a larger view.

The process of applying laser etching to foam

In simple terms, the process involves a laser as a high energy source of radiation, irradiating the material / foam in a controlled manner. The energy from the laser is then absorbed by the foam and converted into thermal energy (heat) causing a reaction within the material.


There are three methods by which this technology works on foams such as Plastazote.


The first method is commonly known as engraving, a process in which the surface of the foam is heated to such a temperature that it chars the foam, creating a darker colour.


Secondly, it can remove the foam material entirely through heating to create a depression in the surface.


The final method is referred to as ablation. This involves partial removal of the materials coating, to reveal markedly different colours underneath. This involves the use of specialist laminated foams to achieve the desired effect.

Branded case inserts

Of course, these techniques can be used in conjunction with die cutting, water jet and CNC routing.


This ensures your foam inserts and transit packaging solutions will be perfectly tailored to your products and the exterior case, as well being visually attractive and / or providing important instructions and markings

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Over 25 Years experience in manufacturing successful tool control foam

Your business can now benefit from working alongside foam converters with over 25 years experience. Besides foam laser etching, by working with GWP Protective you can take advantage of a number of other services.


This includes foam case inserts providing precisely calculated levels of foam protection, a custom design service, and being able to source your exterior protective cases and foam from a single supplier.

Foam laser etching

Your foam inserts and laser engraving will be will be designed and manufactured in a clean, modern production environment using advanced CNC equipment. A dedicate designer and support team will not only sure the correct design for your application, but that it is delivered on time and on budget too.


As a result, you can be certain that your foam inserts and packaging will always be of the highest quality.

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