Vinehall uses a wide range of printing equipment in the production of their exhibition works, including a large format printing machine alongside a CNC engraver.
With an increase in demand for laser cutting, Gerry McElhinney and the team began to outsource their laser cutting requirements to a local business. In the initial instance this proved to be a satisfactory solution for Vinehall, however Gerry began to notice quality issues. The service provider utilised a homemade laser cutter which would often mean a large section of the work outsourced was sub-standard quality. It was following the outsourcing of a project for a major client that Gerry made the decision to bring laser cutting in-house to give the team tighter quality control.
With no prior laser cutting experience, Gerry undertook extensive research to see what the best solution for his business would be. He found many laser cutters, however Trotec laser attracted his attention due to the close proximity of the Vinehall workshop and Trotec's Dublin showroom.
Keen to see what Trotec lasers were capable of, Gerry booked a demonstration at the Dublin showroom where he met with Trotec's area manager. The demonstration left a positive impression on Gerry, not only because of the machine's durability, but the range of applications that were possible. Two in particular caught Gerry's attention, the intricate paper cutting and the engraved stone, neither of which he thought would be possible using a laser. The possibilities offered by the machine played a significant part in Gerry's decision to purchase a Speedy 400 laser engraving machine, which was installed in January 2019.