1. Higher productivity thanks to fewer process steps
The biggest advantage of laser cutting cast acrylic is the flame-polished cut edge. The is automatically created by the laser cutting process, whereas milling requires time-consuming and costly flame polishing. The laser not only removes the additional processing step, it also removes the possibility of human error rendering the product unusable during the additional process.
2. Lower maintenance costs and fewer rejected products
Laser cutting and engraving is a contactless process. This means that tools are not worn out during processing and the running costs for maintenance and replacement are eliminated. The cutting result can also be easily replicated in future jobs while the risk of rejected products is greatly reduced.
3. High quality and productivity in acrylic processing
Due to contact processing, milling generates a lot of dust. This affects the quality of the result, because dust and swarf scratch the material. The dust generated during milling is not only very unpleasant in the air, it also builds up quickly due to the static charge on acrylic sheets, which in turn prevents the required print quality with zero dust inclusions under white acrylic printed across the entire surface.
4. Less waste
The nesting function of the laser software minimises material waste. Whole sheets are optimised in a wide variety of jobs, allowing expensive and energy-intensive acrylic to be used sparingly, reducing unit costs.
5. Focus on overall costs
Processing acrylic with a milling machine results in high process costs. It is advisable to use the overall costs in the calculation.
Thanks to lower process costs, laser technology is up to 88% cheaper than milling. Check out sample calculations for increasing your productivity in our ebook.