5 Questions to Ask Your Industrial Laser Cutting Service
Posted on 3 October, 2018 at Laser Cutting
Laser cutting can create a beautiful and functional finish with a whole range of materials, providing the work is done by a professional. It’s the ideal way to create clean, precise shapes cut from flat sheet materials, and specialised computer programming software makes it even easier to get the finish you’re looking from with minimal hassle. To ensure the process goes according to plan, we recommend asking your industrial laser cutting team a few key questions.
- What materials do you cut?
To ensure the team you choose is capable of handling your project, it’s important that the they use is able to cut the material that you’re need. Metals are one of the easiest to cut, resulting in a clean finish almost every time. The vast majority of plastics can also be cut with a smooth, burr free edge, with acrylic being our number one choice. For a more natural finish, choose a team that can cut timber as well! After 20 years in the business, we’ve been able to cut just about everything, including leather, cement sheet and even carpet!
- How do you reduce wait times for your clients?
There is no point in choosing a fabrication team that says they can create the perfect product if their wait times are so long you’ll never get to use it! We’re committed to fast and reliable service – in fact, we use with specialised production scheduling software and an in-house servicing technician to ensure you always get your product on time.
- Where can I view your work?
Another way to ensure the team you choose produces the high-quality work you’re looking for is to ask for examples of their previous work. A good team will be able to share images and testimonials with any potential clients, specified to the industry they work in. Whether you work within the manufacturing or engineering sector, you’re a mechanic or builder, or simply a hobbyist, you’ll be able to see how our products can help you.
- Are your laser cutting machines up to date?
Whilst frequent servicing and inspections can extend the life of a machine, up-to-date technology is a must for the smoothest finish. We keep our state-of-the-art German and Swiss Equipment maintained with a regimented schedule and comprehensive servicing program, which we couple with the latest 3D Solidworks based programming software.
- How much will it cost?
Obviously, prices range depending on the project size and type, but it’s wise to choose a company that can produce what you need for a competitive price. One way to keep prices down is by minimising material waste and maximising cutting efficiency. We use advanced nesting software which almost completely eliminates waste. By nesting common material jobs together in our laser cutting machines, we can increase our efficiency, reduce changeover time, and pass low costs on to our clients. However, it’s important to remember that if the cost seems too good to be true, then it probably is!
To ensure you’re happy with the finished product, it pays to ask some tricky questions before you engage the services of any fabrication team. We want our customers to be completely satisfied with the entire process, which is why we encourage you to ask any questions you may have. To request a quote, or speak with our friendly team, contact Arrow today!