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Joe Hillmann
11-17-2011, 3:04 PM
I just tried engraving on the bottom of a cast iron fry pan. It is something I have wanted to do for quite a while, I don't know if the engraving will show up when I re-season it though. The blue light is the laser.

The engraving was done with a yag so the metal changed to almost a golden color. I would think you could do it with a CO2 but then it would only be for decoration because a CO2 would only etch into the seasoning.

Dan Hintz
11-17-2011, 5:50 PM
CO2s will mark it, but you have to pour a lot more power into it than a YAG/fiber... increasing the power density with a fine focal point lens (1 mil) is one way, and that 50W X-660 you have should have no problem doing it.

Vicki Rivrud
11-17-2011, 10:18 PM
Hi Joe,
I never thought of the cast iron skillet! I have some old ones kicking around and will try this with my 150watt CO2.

How deep is your engraving?


Joe Hillmann
11-18-2011, 9:51 AM
It didn't really engrave it, what it did was remove the seasoning and then marked the cast iron below it. It turned the iron a brown/purple color. I reseasoned the pan last night by wiping it with oil and getting it smoking hot and the engraving is still perfectly visible so I think it should be pretty permanent.

If you try it with a CO2 it you will probably have to run it at 100% power and very low speed if you want to get to clean metal through the seasoning. With the yag it took 2 passes at 98% Power, 8 inches per second and 8kHz. (although I did a few test runs and found if I run it at the same settings except at 1kHz the engraved area gets a nice rose engine turned pattern to it. I will put a picture of it up on Monday.)