Laser Etching / Laser Ablation

Laser engraving, deep markEtching and Ablation are both forms of engraving, with the exception that only a small amount of material is removed. Usually the process involves removing a coating layer from the base material. Typically the sub level material is a different color, creating a nice contrast mark.

What types of material are used for laser etching and laser ablation?

What types of laser sources are used for etching?

What industries or applications use the etching or ablation process?