Laser Cutting. Cutting Edge Designs. Northern Ireland

Laser Cutting

When it comes to precision cutting of intricate shapes and design why not take advantage of our laser cutting service. We can process sheets sizes up to 1200 x 1200mm and up to 15mm thick. Cutting plastics ,woods and a wide selection of materials we can produce items like:

  • High accuracy

  • Repeatability, same parts everytime

  • Time saving when compared to hand carving

  • High surfaces finish helping to eliminate hand finishing

  • Unlimited model designs and scale

  • Multi layer or sliced models can be made

  • Why range of materials can be machined

Advantages of laser cutting

For large volume production runs, CNC routing is hard to beat for efficiency, but there are occasions where only laser cutting will achieve the result you want. 

Accuracy

While the cuts made by a CNC machine can only be as accurate as the diameter of the tool, our laser beam can be focussed to less than 0.01mm.  So for really precise cutting, it is best to use a laser. 

Laser Cutting. Cutting Edge Designs. Northern Ireland

Internal corners

Because the tool used on a CNC router has a diameter (ours are usually 6-8mm), any internal corners will have a radius of approximately 3mm.  This appears as a slight curve on all the inside angles.  If you need an exact turn, such as a sharp right angle, then each of these would need to be filed down by hand.  However, due to the accuracy and cutting method used by the laser, all internal corners will be exact. 

Laser Cutting. Cutting Edge Designs. Northern Ireland

Precision etching or engraving

The pinpoint accuracy of our laser means we can laser etch or engrave simple or complex designs onto a wide range of materials.  

Laser Cutting. Cutting Edge Designs. Northern Ireland

Cutting thin or light material

Unlike the CNC router, there is no risk of the material moving while it is being cut on the laser.  Heavier materials are effectively held on the CNC machine bed by vacuum, but when the material is thin, or the cut pieces are small, there is a risk of it moving as the tool is drilling.  Because the laser cuts with a light beam, nothing actually touches the material, so it doesn’t move during the process. 

Laser Cutting. Cutting Edge Designs. Northern Ireland

No risk of warping

The laser cutter uses an extremely focussed narrow beam of light to cut, so the heat affected zone is very small.  This reduces any risk of heat damage or warping of the material.  In comparison, the rapid rotation of the drill bit on a CNC router creates significant heat due to friction.

Laser Cutting. Cutting Edge Designs. Northern Ireland

What material can be laser cut?

We can cut a huge range of non-metal materials, so if you have a project that is a little out of the ordinary just call us for advice. Below is a list of some of the materials that you can use for laser cutting:

  • MDF

  • Plywood

  • Hardwood

  • Acrylic

  • Polypropylene

  • Polycarbonate

  • Nylon

  • LDPE / HDPE (Low and High-Density Polyethylene)

  • HIPS (High impact Polystyrene)

  • Paper or card

  • Leather

  • Rubber

  • Bamboo

Contact us today to let us know how we can help you