Laser Cutting FAQ – The Basics Covered

Laser cutting technology is slowly but surely making its way into more engineering facilities across the UK than ever before. And according to the experts at, this is anything but surprising – given the incredible benefits of laser cutting over and above conventional cutting techniques.

So for those with an interest in laser cutting though have yet to experience its extraordinary benefits firsthand, here’s a quick rundown of a few of the most commonly asked questions about the technology and its primary merits:

1 – What Is Laser Cutting And How Does It Work?

As the name quite rightly suggests, laser cutting refers to a process wherein high power laser beams are used to cut materials for a wide variety of purposes.  Contrary to popular belief, lasers do not in fact do their job by burning through the material.  Instead, they actually vaporize the material they come into contact with, which is precisely why they are so effective and beneficial. If it was simply a case of applying excessive heat in order to go about the cut, it would be impossible to avoid is significant amount of damage being caused to the rest of the material in the process.

Actually putting laser cutting technology to work tends to be exponentially easier than most expect. The reason being that the vast majority of responsibility falls with computer software, which is used to deliver each and every instruction to the cutting machinery itself and guide it through the process. Or in other words, it’s not actually a case of learning how to operate laser cutting machinery, but rather the computers and software that control it.  Given the fact that computers take control of the process from start to finish, laser cutting has the potential to be infinitely more accurate, efficient and safe than standard cutting processes.

2 – Why Is Laser Cutting Called Digital Die Cutting?

When you hear of an individual referring to digital die cutting, it is in fact laser cutting that they are referring to. It’s basically a case of the exact same process having two different names, though are one and the same in principle. Laser cutting is sometimes referred to as digital die cutting for the simple reason that there are absolutely no tools involved in creating the cuts or marks. There is no physical contact between the cutting machinery and the material, which again is one of the reasons why laser cutting technology is so advantageous. It is perfectly possible to take an idea from its initial artwork/sketch stage through to full completion using laser cutting technology in a fraction of the time that would be required to create it using any other method. And given the fact that there are no dies, tools or other consumables to worry about, it can be a surprisingly cost effective approach at the same time.

3 – What Are The Benefits Of Switching To Laser Cutting Technology?

In the simplest of terms, absolutely everything you are looking for in terms of benefits when it comes to cutting processes is improved enormously when switching to laser cutting technology. Even though there will always be inevitable expense and something of an adjustment period to consider, these are a small price to pay for such a huge list of benefits. Just a few examples include:

  • Considerably more accurate final results and total consistency regardless of output quantity
  • Significantly lower operational costs long-term
  • One laser cutting machine can replace several traditional cutting machines
  • Enhanced health and safety by keeping operators out of harm’s way
  • Near-total automation for the fastest and most reliable results every time
  • Minimal or zero damage to materials processed using lasers
  • Compatibility with an enormous range of materials
  • Absolutely no consumables or additional tools required

4 – Are Today’s Laser Cutting Machines More Advanced Than Those Of A Decade Ago?

Last but not least, the differences between the kind of cutting technology in use today and that of just 10 years ago really is night and day. There have been enormous improvements made to the three most important elements in laser cutting processes – the lasers themselves, the computers used to control them and the sophistication of the software itself. The long and short of it is that quite literally every benefit that has ever been offered by laser cutting technology has been taken to new heights over recent years. What’s more, advanced laser cutting machinery is also considerably more accessible and affordable than it has ever been.