Why laser cutting is profitable?
Laser cutting is significantly cheaper than other cutting techniques. Compared to milling, there are no time-consuming or costly production steps, while the acquisition costs of a laser cutter are amortised over the course of a year.
Here is a calculation example:
|Production costs p.a. Comparison of milling vs. laser processing |
|Cost type ||Milling ||Lasering || |
|Clamping material & creating vacuum ||£10,500 (£35 / h * 300 h) ||£0 || |
|Edge finishing (flame polishing) ||£70,000 (£35 / h * 2000 h) ||£0 || |
|Other set-up time and machine cleaning ||£3,500 (£35 / h * 100 h) ||£3,500 (£35 / h * 100 h) || |
|Filter costs ||£0 ||£3,000 (60 kg activated carbon) || |
|Work head ||£6,000 (£30 * 200 heads p.a.) ||£4,000 (1/2 refill p.a.) ||Difference |
| ||£90,000 ||£10,500 ||£79,500 |
|Cost advantage of a Trotec laser cutter |
|Cost/yield type ||Milling ||Lasering ||Difference |
|Investment costs ||£29,000 ||£115,000 ||- £86,000 |
|Process costs p.a. ||£90,000 ||£10,500 ||£79,500 |
|Additional profit contribution p.a. (new application acrylic engraving, etc.) ||£0 ||£10,000 ||£10,000 |
| || ||Cost advantage after 1 year of production ||£3,500 |
| || ||After 2 years of production ||£93,000 |
| || ||After 3 years of production ||£182,500 |
Laser cutting is a precise, clean and efficient process:
- Laser processing achieves crystal-clear cut edges on cast acrylics with no additional material processing required. Flame polished edges are achieved immediately after laser processing.
- For engravers, sign makers, advertising technicians, creative or industrial users, the first-class laser cutters offer a real competitive advantage.
Personalisation or customisation creates significant added value for products made of wood, plastic or glass.
- When processing foils, the laser produces sealed edges. In contrast to punching, the laser doesn’t damage the end product, with laser cuts being very precise and clean.
- Trotec laser machines are developed for 24/7 operation. They are the right tool for everyone from business starters or experienced entrepreneurs who want to work more efficiently – quickly, productively and reliably.
From idea to finished product with laser technology: The ideal tool for prototyping and digital manufacturing
FabLabs, Maker Spaces, schools and universities use lasers for model making, industrial design, prototyping and many other DIY ideas. The incredible design possibilities offered by laser technology are ideal for all types of art and design projects: Laser machines are used to process a variety of materials including MDF, cardboard, or polystyrene. Laser technology gives users complete freedom in the development and implementation of all their ideas, while laser cutting used in combination with laser engraving enables creative minds to create inspiring designs in just a few steps.