What is Laser Cutting?

What is Laser Cutting?The Red Box Team are always looking to expand our business and are currently in the process of acquiring a laser cutter, so we thought we’d give a quick rundown on the machinery, its benefits and what we can fabricate with it as per our previous post on Wood Routing.

Similar to our wood router, a laser cutter is a Computer numerical control (CNC) machine in which co-ordinates are created via CAD/CAM (computer-aided design/computer-aided manufacture for short) software are uploaded to. The cutter then uses a high-powered, focused laser beam to vaporise numerous types of materials, resulting in a cut edge. They can deal with anything from paper, cardboard, wood and there are more powerful options that can cut through metals and much thicker materials with ease. Additionally, the laser can raster or etch materials with an image or text.

Laser cutters can really come in handy for Engineers, Designers and Artists as they allow prototyping and manufacturing work to be completely swiftly, efficiently and with a high degree of accuracy. For example, we could use one of these to mass produce large, thick, small or thin items or alternatively, it can be used cut out or etch very intricate designs. Once the initial cutting program has been produced, the part can be manufactured over and over with ease and with minimal waste.

Just like our other CNC routers, a laser cutter will enable us to increase our workload capacity and take on larger scale jobs which require thicker materials to be cut. So if you’re looking for something to be laser cut, please register your interest with us via our Sales Team on +44 (0)2380 254285 or via email at sales@redboxengineering.com.