Laser Etched Branding.
Add logos, instructions and more
Foam Laser Engraver or laser etching has a number of benefits. The most widely used application however is to add branding and logos to foam products. This 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.
01: Key Benefits of Foam Laser Engraving.
Foam laser etching adds branding or information to improve usability of your case inserts
Many people are aware of the term “laser cut foam”, although what is less known is that it is very rare to actually cut foam with a laser. This is usually done using die cutting, waterjet or CNC routing methods.
However, lasers are used for one very important part of manufacturing – etching / engraving logos, branding, part numbers, instructions and indeed any type of information directly onto the foam.
This offers an number of benefits – and opportunities – to your business.
7 benefits of a using a foam laser engraver
02: Enhance Foam Inserts.
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, trace-ability, inspection purposes or even to provide instructions to the end user.
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.
03: Applications / Images.
Image gallery highlighting typical applications / uses for laser cut foam
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.
04: Laser Etching Process
The process of applying laser etched branding 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.
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
05: GWP Protective.
Over 25 Years experience in manufacturing successful foam products
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.
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.
Find out more about laser cut foam and branding options
If you are interested in this low cost way of adding important information – or the wow factor in terms of branding – to your case foam, please get in touch.