Laser Cutting, Etching, Engraving

At Visual Options, we offer laser cutting, engraving and etching services. A laser is a device that emits a beam of light through an optical amplification process. “LASER” is actually an acronym for Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation.

Lasers are commonly used in manufacturing for cutting, engraving and etching on a wide variety of materials such as:

  • Acrylic
  • Wood
  • Cardboard
  • Plywood
  • Paper
  • Most Fabrics
  • Leather
  • Steel

In our shop we utilize two 400W Kern, and one MultiCam 2000 series lasers that can handle materials as wide as 96”.  Compared to other types of cutting, laser cutting offers several advantages. These include:

  • Greater cutting precision and accuracy
  • Higher quality edges
  • Less material contamination and waste

Laser cutting machines are capable of cutting a wide range of designs with a greater degree of precision and accuracy than more conventional cutting machines. Since laser cutting machines can be fully CNC controlled, they can repeatedly and consistently produce complex and intricate parts to high tolerances. Laser cutting also produces high-quality cuts and edges which generally do not require further cleaning, treating, or finishing, decreasing the need for additional finishing processes.

The phrases engraving and etching are often used interchangeably when it comes to laser cutting however they are different processes.

Laser engraving is a process that cuts a cavity through a materials surface revealing an image, graphic, or writing.  This is done using a high heat laser that causes the material surface to vaporize. Its extremely precise and depths can vary between 0.02” in metals and 0.125” in harder materials.  While you can engrave many different types of materials this technique is commonly used on metals, plastics, woods, glass and acrylics.

Laser etching is very similar, with the main difference being the depth of the cut.  This is usually no more than 0.001” deep, making it the best option for thinner materials and smaller projects.

If you are interested in learning more about our machining capabilities and to see if lasers would be a great fit for your next project feel free to Contact Us.

 

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