1. Higher productivity due to fewer process steps
The biggest advantage of processing acrylic with a laser cutter is the flame-polished cut edge. The laser produces these automatically, whereas milling requires time-consuming and costly flame polishing. This eliminates a time-consuming process step, which also carries the risk of rendering the workpiece unusable.
2. Lower maintenance costs and fewer rejects
The laser works without contact. This means that tools are not worn out and the running costs for maintenance and replacement are eliminated. In addition, the cutting result is more reproducible and the reject rate is reduced.
3. High quality and productivity in acrylic processing
Milling releases a lot of dust. This affects the quality of the result, because dust and swarf scratch the material. In addition, 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 and 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 minimizes material waste. Whole sheets are optimized in a wide variety of jobs. This allows the 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.
Due to the lower process costs, laser technology is up to 88% cheaper than milling. Check out sample calculations for increasing your productivity in our ebook.