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What marking method should I use for my project?

Using the table below, identify the method(s) most compatible with the material and requirements for your project. The following abbreviations will tell you which methods are likely to be used. Contact us for more detailed information.

LM - Laser Marking
PP - Pad Printing
SP - Screen Printing
IP - Industrial Printing

Note: To print this table on letter-size paper, set your printer to use landscape orientation.



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  Colored Marking Large Marking Area Small Marking Area Irregular Surface Curved Surface Recessed Surface Flat Surface Solvent Resistant Autoclave Safe Extreme Temp Resistant FDA Approved
Acrylic PP, SP, IP LM, IP LM, PP, IP LM,PP PP LM, PP PP, IP PP, IP PP, IP N/A IP, PP
ABS PP, SP, IP LM, IP LM, PP, IP LM, PP PP LM, PP PP, IP PP, IP PP, IP N/A IP, PP
PVC PP, SP, IP LM, IP LM, PP, IP LM, PP PP LM, PP PP, IP PP, IP PP, IP, N/A IP, PP
Delron N/A LM LM LM LM LM LM N/A N/A N/A N/A
Stainless Steel LM, PP, IP LM, IP LM, PP, IP LM, PP, IP LM, PP, IP LM, PP, IP LM, PP, IP LM, PP, IP LM, PP LM LM, PP
Bare Aluminum LM, PP, IP LM, IP LM, PP, IP LM, PP, IP LM, PP, IP LM, PP, IP LM, PP, IP LM, PP, IP LM, PP, IP LM, PP, IP N/A
Anodized Aluminum LM, PP, IP LM, IP LM, PP, IP LM, PP, IP LM, PP, IP LM, PP, IP LM, PP, IP LM, PP, IP LM, PP, IP LM, PP, IP N/A
Chrome LM, PP, IP LM, IP LM, PP, IP LM, PP, IP LM, PP, IP LM, PP, IP LM, PP, IP LM, PP, IP N/A LM, PP, IP N/A
Glass PP, IP IP PP, IP PP PP PP PP PP PP PP, IP PP
Ceramic LM, PP, IP LM, PP, IP LM, PP, IP LM, PP, IP LM, PP, IP LM, PP, IP LM, PP, IP LM, PP, IP LM, PP, IP LM, PP, IP LM, PP, IP
Wood LM, PP, IP LM, IP LM, PP, IP LM, PP LM, PP LM, PP LM, PP, IP N/A N/A N/A N/A
Textile SP SP SP N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A



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