View Full Version : Nd:Yag near Houston request

Doug Griffith
03-11-2010, 1:56 PM
Anybody in the Houston area with an Nd:Yag? I just had a job thrown by me etching smalll 17-4 stainless steel industrial components with part numbers. Not a job for Cermark. 200 parts.

Dan Hintz
03-11-2010, 2:22 PM
How much power do you have? You may be able to do it without the Cermark if you have enough juice...

Doug Griffith
03-11-2010, 2:34 PM
45 watts. I doubt that is enough.

Michael Kowalczyk
03-11-2010, 3:11 PM
Hey Doug,
I am in Houston and would be interested in looking at it. I have a hot 60 watt and have done some SS. Let me know if you still need help and I will see if I can get a sample from my machinist friend and engrave it and see how it looks.

Doug Griffith
03-11-2010, 3:30 PM
PM sent. Good luck.

Michael Kowalczyk
03-11-2010, 5:20 PM
Thanks Doug. Will let you know

Bill Cunningham
03-11-2010, 9:28 PM
Why is Cermark a problem? I quite often do part numbers on hundreds of parts.. A airbrush goes a long way to reducing the amount of cermark needed, line em up spray em, laser them (in a multi piece template if need be), then throw em in a bucket of water for a few minutes and swish em around to wash off the cermark, and set them on a table covered with paper towel to let them dry.. Pack em up.. done..go cash the cheque.. You get a premium price for marking stainless anyway..or at least you should be..

Doug Griffith
03-11-2010, 10:57 PM
The specification calls for acid etching. I've seen the drawings for the part and it's a fairly tight tolerance part. Plus, since I'm in CA there's more margin in it for someone local. Shipping 200 metal parts will eat into that.

James Stokes
03-11-2010, 11:50 PM
Not if you use the post offices flat rate boxes. They are useable up to 70 pounds.