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if I laser etched a bar code on to a piece of plastic... Answered

... say a credit card or semi translucent acrylic, would it still be scannable?

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ethosrot
ethosrot

Best Answer 11 years ago

It would have to be fairly accurate, and probably a white material (that the laser will make dark spots on). This is due to the way laser scanners work. They're fairly precise instruments so the barcodes have to be perfectly spaced. The only way this is really feasible is if you have a laser etching machine. Good Luck!

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lemonie
lemonie

11 years ago

Using a sharp marker pen & a ruler would probably work as well. L

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frollard
frollard

Answer 11 years ago

I've tried and tried to hand draw barcodes and they never seem to work - the tolerances are just too tight. Laser etched should work so long as the reader 'sees' the white areas and 'doesnt see' the dark areas. (same applies to reflectivity as plain white paper, but etching plastic would be 'white' where you etch, and black where its transparent)

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lemonie
lemonie

Answer 11 years ago

Depends upon the reader to some extent, but yes the tolerances aren't too forgiving. Then again laser printers work fairly well L

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frollard
frollard

Answer 11 years ago

virtually any printer - hence why a laser etch would be ...perfect :D