Laser Cutters and Engravers
These tools may help your shop service those customers who are seeking a more high-tech finish.
Large-format cutters and engravers are capable of executing computer-directed complex cuts with intricate details and engraving photographic images onto a wide variety of flexible and rigid substrates, including paper and fabric to metal and wood. What follows is just a sampling of machines in the marketplace.
Vytek F/X Laser
Using sealed CO2 laser technology in power ranges from 25 to 200 watts, Vytek's F/X Laser series is available with work areas of 24 x 36-, 26 x 51-, and 51 x 51 in. The F/X machines can cut and engrave a wide variety of media.
Able to work with most software applications, the F/X Laser series features: a dual cutting-head assembly, cutting speeds up to 60 in./sec, resolutions up to 1200 dpi, an integrated laser pointer, roller track, tile tray, and an easy-to-use LCD keypad. Photorealistic software is optional. A fully enclosed design and a built-in downdraft fume-evacuation table allow the lasers to fit into most production environments.
The latest in Beam Dynamics' Lumen DCC line of computer-controlled laser cutters is the DCC-9000-PA for unattended loading and cutting. The 9000-PA offers the same features as the company's 9000 unit"?a 4 x 4-ft vacuum cutting bed; registration to within 0.001 in.; speeds up to 2000 in./min; and the ability to simultaneously perform kiss cuts, through cuts, and engraving.
The DCC-9000-PA can handle a wide variety of materials (thickness depends on material: 0.75 in. for acrylic, 0.11 in. for stainless steel, and 1 in. for wood). The PA unit offers an Automated Pallet Loader that allows users to load the pallets, begin the cutting job, and move onto another task. The Barcode Reader and the Job Batch Software enable the Lumen to read the job code, load the proper software and job specs, and perform the proper cuts.
Universal Laser XL
Universal Laser offers an XL series of laser systems for engraving, cutting, and marking needs. Available with a 36 x 24- or 48 x 24-in. field, the XL lasers accommodate a variety of materials. Laser configurations range from single or dual 10 to 60-watt lasers to a single 300-watt laser.
The XL series offers: auto focus, an oversized front door for easy loading and unloading; a load and save setting for speedy repeat of jobs; a red pointer beam for precise material positioning; a large viewing window to monitor work progress; and an optional camera system for more accurate positioning.
UNIVERSAL LASER SYSTEMS
Orca Photonics CFL System
The Continuous Feed Laser (CFL) system from Orca Photonic Systems is designed for outline cutting, kiss cutting, and fast web-based slitting. Complete with a rollfed conveyor belt, the CFL can cut a wide range of materials up to 60-in. wide. In addition, it can cut shapes from a continuous roll of material.
The CFL features a CO2 laser, 0.0015- in. repeatability, accuracy to 0.004-in., speeds up to 30 in./sec., and either a manual or automatic table. Orca's Flat Bed Laser System (50 x 50 or 60 x 50 in.) can be upgraded to the CFL system.
ORCA PHOTONIC SYSTEM
MGE's i-cut Laser FX
Comprising the MGE i-cut vision system and a Vytek base, the i-cut Laser FX claims a position accuracy of 0.005 in. and repeatability as close as 0.002 in. The CO2 sealed laser cuts up to 60 in./sec and will cut a wide variety of printed materials, excluding PVC.
Working areas available: 36 x 24, 51 x 36, and 51 x 51 in. The laser comes complete with an i-cut vision registration system, the i-cut workstation, PC, monitor, and tool/head holder. The i-cut Laser offers power options from 30 to 200 watts; other options include laser cooling and fume exhaust systems, and engraving software.