What is Circumferential Laser Marking and Engraving?

Circumferential laser marking and engraving is used to mark the circumference of a cylindrical item. It’s a common requirement for instruments and components that call for scales or identifying marks used for measuring or guides.

The laser is utilizing the same functionality used in other marking and engraving projects. What makes this process unique is the movement of the part under the beam or a laser with a movable head and a stationary part. In either scenario circumferential laser marking and engraving requires specialized programming and tooling to properly perform along with the proper inspection and measurement equipment to verify marks fall within tolerances.

Marking and Engraving parts around a circumference or radii is found in a variety of industries. For example, the industrial market calls for knobs and scales used on machinery or heavy equipment. The medical instruments market calls for graduated bands on cannulas and probes. Dials and decorative markings are prevalent in the automotive industry and tooling equipment often calls for scales and guide marks.

The types of material used can vary greatly depending on the industry and application. Most medial devices are produced in some form of steel, where a lot of industrial and automotive applications call for aluminum and plastics.

Please visit our gallery to view examples of circumferential laser engraving.


Common items that need circumferential engraving are:

  • Shafts
  • Bearings
  • Dials
  • Scales
  • Medical Devices and Components
  • Surgical Instruments
  • Implants
  • Custom Automotive Parts
  • Tooling

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