Automating Laser Cutting and Engraving Processes
Posted on October 30, 2020 | By Evan
A laser engraving machine can be used to cut, engrave and etch onto a vast rang of materials with an incredible degree of accuracy, to a degree of accuracy that would have been previously unthought. However, advances in technology have meant that there are lots of reasons why automated laser cutting processes are available, affordable and accessible to lots of businesses, and they will produce better results. With an incredible degree of accuracy, automating laser cutting and engraving processes, in house, will have so many benefits for a whole host of businesses in a wide variety of industries.
Laser engraving machines are hugely versatile, which is one of their key advantages. Laser technology has of course existing for many years, but it has never been quite this advanced, and has never had as much momentum behind it. There are now so many things that can be accurately produced by laser cutting machines, for a very decent amount of money, too, that makes them more viable as an option for an increasing number of UK businesses.
How can processes be automated with laser engraving machines?
Laser cutting has become far more automated in recent times, with more capabilities than ever before. In fact, with most modern laser machines, it is possible to simple download patterns and designs into the laser cutting machines themselves, so that the patterns can be followed and replicated. This is possible for a huge number of designers, and for various types of materials, including metal, wood, plastics, and more. The process is also very simple, so many different kinds of businesses can adopt them easily without having to increase their overheads.
Why should laser cutting processes be automated? What are the benefits that businesses will be able to see?
The main reason why laser cutting and engraving processes should be automated is accuracy. This benefit is essentially the main driving force behind any of the other benefits that could come from it as well: better accuracy means better outcomes across the board. When the finished product is higher quality and is more accurate, this allows businesses to charge more, make more money, and generally create a better impression for themselves. It is also far easier and less labour intensive, which is a great scaling tool. When engraving and cutting processes become easier, businesses can increase output, whilst that output is still very high quality, and can therefore do far better for themselves through this one simple change.
Are there any other considerations?
The idea that laser cutting and engraving processes can be automated does rely on certain assumptions. Central to this is the assumption that businesses will have their own laser machines in house and will not be outsourcing these processes. This is not always the case – however, with the accessibility of laser cutting and engraving currently, it is easier, cheaper and more realistic. A company is more likely than ever before to have engraving and cutting technology in house – and if they do not, they can bring it in house and automate it.