CO2 Laser Tips: Adjusting Settings Over Time

Bob Hagel and his wife Dana own Eagle’s Mark Awards & Signs, offering a full line of personalized products using laser engraving, sand etching, and full-color UV direct print on products. They have offered awards, recognition, and signage products to organizations for more then a decade in the Southern California wine country.

One important note is that a laser’s maximum power is reduced over time until your CO2 laser tube needs to be replaced. The tube lasts for years; however, you need to adjust your power and speed settings for each material as time goes on. Lasers come with built-in settings for many common materials. Tech support is always willing to assist you if you encounter a material not listed in your laser print driver. Be cautious of lasering non-industry standard materials as some may be toxic to you and your laser. Call tech support whenever in doubt.

—Bob Hagel, Eagle’s Mark