What can I design and produce with laser cutting?
In addition to cutting applications, lasers can also engrave and mark a variety of materials and products, including trophies and trophies, signs and displays, marking industrial parts, personalization, medical devices, architectural models, stamp making and more.
As a result, laser cutting machines have become a popular choice in many industries where the combination of laser cutting, laser engraving and marking allows for the development of new products that can expand business.
What is laser cutting?
Laser cutting is a thermal separation process. When the laser beam hits the surface of the material, the material is heated so intensely that it melts or completely vaporizes. Once the laser beam penetrates the material and perforates it at a certain point, the actual cutting process begins. A laser cutter moves and cuts material along a specified geometry. Depending on the application, the result can be positively influenced with the help of process gases.
What are the application fields of laser cutting?
When laser cutting acrylic you get crystal clear cut edges, while with textiles the edges are sealed by the heat of the laser beam. Fields of application range from creative applications to cutting large format materials such as acrylic sheets or foils:
Advertising technology and digital printing: merchandise and POS displays, neon signs and advertising signs or acrylic letters produced with crystal clear cut edges
Creative industries: toys, puzzles, wooden crafts
Fashion, design and crafts: natural leather, faux leather, cotton, linen, felt can be cut into clothing, jewelry, decorations and more
Packaging industry - paper (e.g. printed materials)
Electronics industry: laser cutting of foil and membrane keypads made of plastics such as polyester, polycarbonate, polyethylene terephthalate and polyamide
Which materials are suitable for laser cutting?
Laser cutting is suitable for plastics (acrylic, polyamide, etc.), organic materials (such as wood, paper, leather, food) and metal foils.
Advantages of laser cutting.
Laser cutting is a simple process that requires no complicated preparation and post-processing. Laser cutting has high precision and fast speed. With certain materials, such as acrylic, no post-processing is required. Advantages of laser cutting at a glance:
Suitable for wood, acrylic, glass, textile, paper, metal, stone and many other materials.
The workpiece does not need to be clamped. Laser processing is non-contact.
Unlike sawing or milling, there is no tool wear
Precise cuts in the finest geometries
Economical production, both as a single piece and as a series
Reduce setup costs
quiet and clean
Why are lasers used for cutting?
Application of various materials
No other technology can cut so many different types of organic and inorganic materials such as wood, acrylic, leather, glass, textiles, paper and more.
no post-processing required
Laser is a separation process and in many cases no post-processing is required. It even seals the edges of textiles like synthetics or carpet to prevent unraveling. This saves post-processing procedures such as mechanical seals or grinding, depending on the type of material being processed.
Precise cuts and the finest geometries
The resulting incision is only slightly larger than the laser beam itself. This makes it possible to cut very fine geometries of any shape. Additionally, an integrated camera creates alignment marks and automatically compensates for cutting paths—even if the original template is misaligned, turned, or distorted.