When you hear Laser Cutting Equipment what comes to mind? Big giant companies producing cars? Big giant factories building airplanes and rockets perhaps? Well, yes to both. But did you know that these same big machines can cut and work with something as delicate as lace and leather? No, that’s not what this is all about.
From small and compact to large and in charge, when industrial teams need something cut, assembled and built, these laser-cutting systems is what they turn to for help. So, back to the subject of delicate. First thing that comes to mind is the billion dollar clothing industry. Those sewers need something to sew…so large laser cutters, which have the ability to cut fabrics ultra fast and with ultra precision using basically a stream of light, are definitely up to the task. In the textiles industry, these specialized laser cutters can cut through a variety of materials such as cotton, fleece, felt, polyester, silk and even synthetic and technical textiles like plastics, carbon fibers and other man-made materials.
Now when you think of textiles, don’t assume this is something having to do with what your iPhone can (or can’t) do for you. As a matter of fact, it is something entirely different. The term textiles refer to any material made of interlacing fibers. In other words: fabrics. Billion-dollar industry – everyone needs clothes, right? Well OK, almost everyone.
And then we step outside the textiles box and step into other materials that laser cutters are often used on: glass, leather, rubber, wood, plastics and even stone and metal. These might be more of what comes to mind when the term laser cutter is thrown out there. Street signs, rubber stamps, packaging materials, um…cars, airplanes and rockets, all need the help of this industrial strength equipment to get the job done quickly and precisely. Time is money people!
Speaking of money, if you think you might want to go out and purchase one of these cutters (even one of the smallest ones) be prepared to break open more than just that piggy bank. Most of them purchased are bought for the company’s good fortune, not an individual’s. My buddies at ILS do make something on a smaller and less expensive scale for the every day artist. Most commonly would be quilters and sewers (small scale) giving a very high-quality finished cut edge to any project.
All this talk of a machine and laser and cutting tools makes you kind of want to settle down and tune to Science Channel’s How It’s Made or How did They Do It. Because you can’t just go off and buy heavy machinery, settling down on the couch watching a marathon of shows might be the next best thing.