Creating permanent marks on plastics can be a challenging process: printing methods are susceptible to removal using solvents and direct laser marks typically “burn” the surface creating a contrast rather than a true black mark. Some plastics even have to be molded with an expensive additive to facilitate a direct mark. In some situations, CerMark products can offer a cost-effective alternative marking method which can produce black marks on a range of thermo-plastics. Some common applications are below.

  • Molded components

  • Battery housings 

  • Cattle tags 

  • Containers 

  • Tubes

The process works in a similar way to regular laser bonding, however, due to the lower melting points of plastics, the pigment in the material is typically embedded just below the surface of the plastic rather than on top. The mark will be visible but also protected from damage and removal, giving the required permanence.

Compatible Substrates

Due to the extremely wide variety in plastic materials, marking plastic with CerMark laser marking materials can be a hit or miss proposition. We have not tested on an exhaustive list of plastics, but, as a general rule, we have better success on thermo-plastics than on thermo-sets. Below are some plastics on which we have had success.

  • Nylon

  • HDPE 


  • Polycarbonate 

  • PVC*

Because of the wide variety of plastics available and the importance of using the correct process settings, we highly recommend talking to a CerMark representative before purchasing materials or trying to mark your product.                          

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