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A brief look at our Laser Engraving Service
We’re unique at Cutting Technologies in that we can cut a full 3 metre x 1.5 metre metal sheet and then engrave it – to our knowledge there is no one else in the UK able to do this. We can also engrave a full 3 metre x 2 metre sheet of acrylic and laser engrave photo quality images on a full sheet of MDF. We’ve spent a lot of money to be able to do all this!
Laser engraving is a complicated process and there are many factors involved in making sure it works. First of all is the image we’re given to do the engraving – if this is poor then the engraving will be poor – always provide us with the best image you can, the higher the DPI the better. Next is what we do with the image when we get it – we have various pieces of software to process the artwork and choosing the right one can make all the difference to the end result. Certain images have to be processed to work on a particular material, otherwise they look dreadful. Then we have to choose the right power and frequency of the laser to achieve the desired effect – get it wrong on wood for example and we might create a deep branding iron effect when what was required was a surface engrave.
A question regularly asked is whether we can engrave to a depth in metal; we can’t – it’s a surface effect only on metal, we’re just changing the nature of the surface. In most plastics and woods we can create depth or we can achieve a surface only engrave. Just like in laser cutting with organic materials such as wood we’re in effect setting fire to the surface when we laser engrave so you’re always going to get residue, but we have particular techniques to minimise this. Acrylic vaporises and turns white when engraved, so the darker the colour the better (although clear acrylic looks fantastic).
If you have a particular material get in touch with us; we’ve seen most things and can advise you; if we haven’t seen the material before we’ll try it for you and add to both our knowledge bases!
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We use the very latest laser cutting and laser engraving machines
Nothing leaves our production line unless it’s absolutely perfect
We work with you to make your ideas become reality
Setting new standards in the world of engineering and design is our top priority.
Client deadline looming? Just let us know and we’ll do our best for you
If we give you a price, we’ll stick to it, with no hidden extras
Thanks for the speedy work, and the quality-control – I wish there were more guys like you out there!
Jim Douglas - Senior Hire Production Engineer - Autograph Sound Recording