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Signage and Other Uses of Laser cutting for you

Author: Jery Hunk
by Jery Hunk
Posted: Oct 10, 2018
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Laser cutting is a technique which first came into use in the late1960s for industrial applications. It works by directing a high-powered laser, usually a CO2 laser, around the shape that needs to be cut usually using an auto CAD file.

Laser Cutting is a method of cutting or profiling sheets or plates of metal. It is ideal for fabricating large or small batches of plate metals or simply one off contracts.

The systems are electronically controlled using CNC controlled technology, and each job is specifically programmed to ensure efficient operating with minimal wastage and can have a guaranteed accuracy of plus or minus 0.2mm.

Because this is a very precise, accurate method of cutting, and because it does not involve an actual cutting blade which can become corrupted and damaged, it is ideal for manufacturing components.

As the technology is evolved and has become more widely available, designers started to see the potential of laser cutting to transform their ideas into reality. Laser engraving is using the same technique to render a design on the surface of a material

Another exciting thing about Laser Cutting Services in Cape Town and engraving is that they can be used on such a variety of different materials.

Which materials can be cut by laser?

Plastics which don't contain chlorine (i.e. acrylics can be cut by laser, PVC and vinyl cannot)

  • Some metals
  • Woods
  • Fabric
  • Paper and card
  • Leather

Which materials can be laser engraved?

Stone, including slate and marble

A greater variety of metals including steel and brass

These techniques is especially good for intricate, delicate designs which could not be easily rendered by another cutting or engraving method, and for producing complex shapes with a smooth, clean cut.

The potential for signage is endless, whether you want stand-out lettering in a fancy italic font or a logo cut out in detail, laser cutting is an ideal method to achieve this. You can also have wooden Decor Cape Town.

Laser engraving takes traditional house signs and plaques to a whole new level. Outside of the signage industry, they are used for anything from jewelry to architectural panels. In the case of engraving, name badges are a very popular smaller application.


Other materials vary depending on the machine used, so if you're interested in any other type of material it's worth getting in touch with your local laser cutters and finding out what they can do.

The size of the materials which can be cut also depends on the machine; generally materials will need to be 2ft by 2ft wide or smaller.

Laser cutting and laser engraving are techniques which are on the rise but not always used to their best advantage, especially by businesses in smaller towns and cities.

For a small business, choosing a laser cut or engraved sign is a fantastic way to make your premises stand out and attract attention. Find a sign maker who offers laser cutting and engraving and find out what they can do for you!

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