Fascinating story of the first Laser Marking machine
Laser marking is a time-saving, energy-efficient process that makes it possible to create beautiful markings on any surface, indoors or out. The technology has evolved quite significantly over the past few decades, beginning with inkjet printing and laser beam engraving back in the 1970s. Laser marking uses a focused laser beam to impress fine lines into materials without damaging them – so long as you have an appropriate coating suitable for the surface. The earliest laser systems were unable to produce anything more than a few lines at a time, but that limitation was soon overcome. The first full-color laser marking systems were introduced in the 1990s and used both CD and DVD disks as substrates. By 2005, companies such as HP and Roxio marketed their own laser marking systems.
Today we have desktop lasers, laptop lasers, and even mobile lasers, enabling both businesses and individuals to save time on tedious development tasks that would otherwise take hours or days. Organisations can now easily customise printed materials to include corporate colours or logos for promotional purposes – everything from size of logo ornament to density of print colour can be adjusted from within the operating system.
The Laser Resists story is an interesting one. It all began back in 1964 when Robert Noyce invented the integrated circuit, or IC. Several years later, in 1968, Dr. Zhores I. Alferov created the p-n junction diode laser, which was essentially a single chip that was able to generate both light and electricity, paving the way for lasers that could read and write on optical disks .
The first laser printers were introduced in 1984, but it wasn’t until 1994 that the first inkjet system for high-speed colour printing – the Bubble Jet – was developed by Canon. Bubble jet printers used a small cartridge of ink that was inserted into the printer and then ejected. The cartridges were like the cartridges for printer ink today, and they did not offer a significant cost advantage over laser printers. In 1998, Hewlett-Packard introduced the first “laser” printers for home use. These HP Laser printers worked in much the same way as bubble jet printers, except that they didn’t require an external supply of ink. The good news was that HP’s digital printers were affordable – they only cost about $1,000, which was inexpensive in comparison to laser printers that cost upwards of $5,000 at the time.
In the mid-1990s, Laser Resists began to develop and manufacture its own laser marking equipment. By 2000, the company had developed a fully automated process for manufacturing laser resistors. The system helped the company to become one of the largest manufacturers of lasers in North America. The company’s expertise in manufacturing high-tech components was increasingly in demand by large companies such as GE and Molycorp, who led a boom in demand for laser marking parts and materials that was fueled by rapidly increasing computer and communications technology spending. This trend continued into the early 2000s and made it possible for Laser Resists to achieve greatness both in business and technology.