The development of laser cutting technology has helped to shape the manufacturing industries as we know them today. Because of laser cutting technology we can now manufacture various materials on a large scale. While lasers may have, at one point, only been used for smaller jobs like hand engraving or simple wood edging (because it is far more accurate and efficient than machines performing the same job) we can now see Cancam laser applications across the manufacturing industries.
For example, laser applications can be used to process a large scale operation through massive machines controlled by a computer; and here are the steps to accomplishing this:
STEP 1: Prepare for the Cut
Before you can perform any act—particularly one as potentially dangerous and permanent as a machine laser cut—you must prepare. Lasers, of course, use massive heat to cut through materials; heat leaves burn marks. You need to be certain what types of marks may be left behind (and if those marks are desirable for your project). Similarly, you need to also be certain that you are using the right “laser” for the textile.
STEP 2: Program Your Layers
One of the most impressive aspects of laser cutting machines is that you can layer your programs. Any singular job may not require this, but having the option is truly satisfying. Basically, you need to know that laser cutters have the capability to handle a series of tasks all at the same time or, perhaps more accurately, in a tightly woven sequence. When you input a design into the computer, it builds that exact item—using lasers, of course—in unity. This aspect of laser cutting gives you a lot of control over many different variables.
STEP 3: Mind the Grains
If you are cutting wood, remember to cut against the grain. Always. It doesn’t matter if you are using a laser or a saw: always cut against the grain. It is most important if you plan to engrave the wood (at any point) but as a rule of thumb, just always cut against the grain.