“We got our LaserStar Laser Welding Machine in August, and we love it. I don’t know how we got along without it before. It amazes us every day. Some of the basic jobs we use it for are laser welding sets together, chain repair, retipping prongs and crowns, and the repair of costume jewelry. It was a big investment but what a time saver.
If you do a lot of jewelry design and jewelry repair work, I highly recommend the LaserStar Laser Welding Machine.”
- John Elliott, Head Jeweler
Waukon, IA USA
Laser Welding and Engraving
for Jewelry Repair and Design
Today’s manufacturing retail jewelers have a wide range of new technologies available to enhance their ability to provide the highest level of quality, craftsmanship and service to their clients. One of the fastest growing technologies is the use of manual laser welding machines as an alternative to traditional solder torch practices.
- Laser Welding
- Laser Engraving
- Laser Cutting
Laser Welding Jewelry
Jewelry Repair & Design
Jewelry laser welders can be used to fill porosity, re-tip platinum or gold prong settings, repair bezel settings, repair/resize rings and bracelets without removing stones and correct manufacturing defects. Laser welding reconfigures the molecular structure of either similar or dissimilar metals at the point of welding, allowing the two common alloys to become one.
Manufacturing retail jewelers currently using laser welders are often amazed at the wide range of applications and ability to produce a higher quality product in less time with fewer materials while eliminating excessive heat effects.
One of the key elements in making laser welding applicable to jewelry manufacturing and repair was the development of the “free-moving” concept. In this approach, the laser generates a stationary infrared light pulse which is targeted through the microscope’s cross-hair. The laser pulse can be controlled in size and intensity. Because the heat generated remains localized, operators can handle or fixture items with their fingers, laser welding small areas with pin-point accuracy without causing any harm to the operator’s fingers or hands. This free-moving concept enables users to eliminate costly fixturing devices and increase the range of jewelry assembly and repair applications.
INTO THE FUTURE
During the last few years, the price of many jewelry laser welding machines has decreased, making them increasingly affordable to jewelry manufacturers, small design studios, repair shops and retail jewelers while offering additional features and flexibility to the user. Frequently, those who have purchased the jewelry laser welding machine find that the time, labor and material savings realized far outweigh the original purchase price.
Read our Article Benefits of Laser Welding vs. Soldering
Laser Engraving Jewelry
LaserStar’s laser marking and laser engraving systems are a fast and clean technology that is rapidly replacing older laser technologies. Direct laser marking and laser engraving has now become a common process in the jewelry industry. It offers a non-contact, abrasion-resistant, permanent laser mark onto almost any type of material including gold, platinum, silver, brass, stainless steel, carbide, copper, titanium, aluminum as well as a wide variety of alloys and plastics.
Identification text, serial numbers, corporate logos, 2-D data matrix, bar coding, graphic and digital images, or any individual process data can be produced with laser engraving.
• Hallmark identification and custom logo
marking/engraving on inside of rings
• Multi-line text on the inside of rings
(i.e., story book rings)
• Copyright, serialize and custom brand finished
• Personalize watches, lockets, eyeglass cases gifts,
novelty products, awards, etc.
• Customize pen-pencil sets with names or logos
• Ideal for safety and security identification markings
• Create unique textures or patterns on various alloys
• Customize various jewelry with photos or design images
• Engrave hallmarks and logos in master models for casting
Read our Article Traditional Engraving vs. Laser Engraving
Laser Cutting Jewelry
LaserStar’s laser marking and laser engraving systems are a fast and clean technology that is rapidly replacing older laser technologies. Direct marking and engraving and cutting has now become a common process in the jewelry industry. It offers a non-contact, abrasion-resistant, permanent laser mark onto almost any type of material including gold, platinum, silver, brass, stainless steel, carbide, copper, titanium, aluminum as well as a wide variety of alloys and plastics.
All jewelry metals, precious and non-precious, can be laser cut-from gold and silver to stainless steel and titanium. For most types of laser equipment, metal thicknesses up to 1 mm work well for laser cutting pendants, charms, keepsakes and monograms. As a general rule for name jewelry designs, a thickness of 0.5 to 0.8 mm will suffice.
The different properties of each metal make the laser-cutting process unique for each, including gold, silver and stainless steel.
Read Our Article: Name Necklaces Make Laser Cutting Popular with Jewelers