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Laser engraving standard and custom 3D models

Precision Laser Technology (PLT; Rochester, NY) claims its laser texturing is the cutting-edge technology for creating directional grains, geometric patterns and intricate full-grain leathers. The company will showcase its capabilities at PTXPO (March 29-31; Donald E. Stephens Convention Center; Rosemont, Illinois).

According to PLT, laser engraving improves the versatility of pattern designs, increases accuracy in mold placement, and increases the repeatability of multi-cavitation tools. Textures can range from industry standard VDI and matte finishes to custom 3D patterns. The advancement of lasers has extended texturing capabilities to the reproduction of functional microstructures in molds, allowing, for example, molded parts to diffuse light reflection, increase throughput, or stimulate tactile senses.

PLT says that by using 5-axis laser technology it has the ability to replicate Charmilles EDM finishes and chemically induced matte finishes to impart surface roughness or gloss reduction. In terms of custom models, PLT can work with grayscale images, design and generate custom models from a high resolution scan. 2D and 3D scans of flat samples are generated at 1700 dpi resolution and seamlessly stitched to repeat content that can continue endlessly to create unique branding elements and provide extensive mold coverage.

Laser etching the mold can impart directional grains, geometric patterns, and intricate full-grain leathers to molded plastic parts.
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