Laser Cutting & Engraving
Rapid Water Jet Design
Knows Laser Cutting and Engraving
RWD has been using AP Lazer machines for years. AP Lazer is a renowned name in laser machining and manufacturing having spent over 10 years (and counting) of research and development. AP Lazer’s machines are the lasers of choice for every engraving and cutting need – regardless of size. These machines are a unique tool in creating meaningful products for your customers.
What is it and how does it work?
Laser cutting is the process of using a powerful laser to cut and/or engrave items from flat sheets of material like plastic, wood and many other materials. By reducing the beam power, the same laser cutter can also mark the surface of the material without fully cutting through, a process known as etching or engraving which can yield stunning and intricate effects as well.
The process starts by inputting your custom design into specialty software, like CAD, which creates a vector file the machine can understand. Then, once the file has been fed into the laser cutter, a very thin (typically around .1mm), high-powered laser beam will follow the pre-programmed design to burn away material and leave you with a clean, precise cutout, now adapted into your desired medium.
Laser Cutting & Engraving
Laser cutting and engraving will provide you with unmatched efficiency. Not only is the cutting process itself quick, but it can easily switch between materials and a range of depths, plus it’s efficient financially, with a long service life and low maintenance costs.
The use of advanced software and technology ensures even the most intricate designs and cuts will come out cleanly, and because the laser uses heat to cut, there is no risk of dulled or ineffective cutters damaging your design.
A laser cutter and engraver is capable of working with many different materials, including metal, ceramic, plastic and glass. There are some materials like highly reflective brass and aluminium that do not work as well, but overall, this process allows for the consolidation of machining tasks for a cost-effective solution. Its variety also expands to its uses. It is a process that dozens of industries around the world have adopted for hundreds of processes from creating electrical currents in ceramics for semi-conductors to creating engravings in personal jewellery pieces.
Safety with a laser cutter: there is no risk from dangerous chemicals, a small HAZ (heat affected zone), and the use of computers means that humans have limited interaction with the machinery that may cause injury. It’s even safer for the environment, creating little waste as most of it is completely vaporized.
Laser cutting is fast, produces minimal waste, and requires little labor. It’s easy and versatile to assemble, and the computerized process makes use precise and consistent.
The process requires specialist training for the person running the system, and may not be suited for cutting materials of a certain thickness or reflectivity.