Ceramic Foam

Ceramic Foam Overview

Ceramic foams are a high porosity cellular structure of open-cell or closed-cell foam typically composed of aluminum oxide, titanium oxide, silicon carbide, zinc carbide, or boron carbide. Laser processing of ceramic foam can be performed with either a 9.3 or 10.6 micron CO2 laser and the 1.06 micron fiber laser. Laser engraving of ceramic foam with a 1.06 micron fiber laser produces some depth that can be lighter or darker depending upon the substrate processed. Laser marking of ceramic foams is possible with a CO2 laser and creates a bleached mark of little contrast. Laser marking of ceramic foam is also possible with the 1.06 micron fiber laser with the presence of certain additives in the ceramic and produces a dark mark on the surface of the material. Laser cutting of ceramic foams is not possible with the CO2 or fiber lasers.

Applicable Laser Processes for Ceramic Foam

Laser Marking
Laser Engraving