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LASER ENGRAVERS & PLATEMAKERS - FAQs:

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1. Why is my file not showing up correctly in the Cobalt 1000 software?
2. What is the difference between a YAG laser and a CO2?
3. What is the difference between Imperial and Cobalt plate materials?
4. When should a customer consider a Cobalt 1000 laser rather than a CO2 laser system?
5. What is the difference in resolution between YAG and CO2 lasers?
6. How big an image will I be able to etch on Cobalt 1000? Cobalt 250? Cobalt 350?
7. How deep do I need to etch my plates?





Answers:

1. Why is my file not showing up correctly in the Cobalt 1000 software?
To show up correctly in the Cobalt 1000 software the file needs to be a clean (traced) vector file.


2. What is the difference between a YAG laser and a CO2?
YAG Lasers are capable of engraving thick and thin steel plates.



3. What is the difference between Imperial and Cobalt plate materials?
- Imperial plate material is designed for use with CO2 lasers and Cobalt plate material is designed for use with YAG lasers.



4. When should a customer consider a Cobalt 1000 laser rather than a CO2 laser system?
Cobalt 1000 should be selected by users who have high volume, those who print very small text and particularly concerned about the highest quality print. Anyone who wants to etch metal should also choose the Cobalt 1000.

The Cobalt 250, 350 or 500 should be used by those customers who want to get the benefits of direct to plate technology but do not have the highest standards for print quality.



5. What is the difference in resolution between YAG and CO2 lasers?
The spot size of the various lasers are as follows:
- Cobalt 1000 is .0015"
- Cobalt 250 and 350 is .0035"
- Cobalt 500 is .005"



6. How big an image will I be able to etch on Cobalt 1000? Cobalt 250? Cobalt 350?
- The Cobalt 1000 can etch up to 120mm x 120mm square
- The Cobalt 250 can etch up to 12" x 18"
- The Cobalt 350 can etch up to 18" x 24"



7. How deep do I need to etch my plates?
Industry standard depth of etch is .001" (25 microns)





 
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