What can laser technology do better?

Laser cutting of acrylic compared with milling and sawing

Laser technology is becoming more established in manual and industrial acrylic machining. Of course there are reasons for this. But what exactly are the advantages of this technology and how is it different from alternative machining methods.
This comparison gives you an overview of the key issues:

ACRYLIC MACHINING - A COMPARISON

 

Laser cutting

Milling

Sawing

Cutting edge quality

  smooth/clear

  matt

  rough

Cut quality in the cycle

  constant

  decreasing

  decreasing

Cutting accuracy

  good

  good

  poor

Fine details / radius-free inner contours

  yes

  conditional

  no

Flexibility / Individuality

  high

  conditional

  slight

Labeling / Engraving

  yes

  conditional

  no

Contamination

  no chips

  chippings

  chipping/dust

Material damage / breakage

  contactless

  mechanical stress

  mechanical stress

Tool wear

  no wear

  easy exchange, if worn

  easy exchange, if worn

Material waste

  very little

  high

  average


 

COMPARISON OF THE WORK PROCESSES

Laser:

Design

Process

Product

Mill:

Design

Fixing Tool selection

Process

Slacken fixing Cleaning/Polishing

Product

Saw:

Design

Fixing Tool selection

Process

Slacken fixing Cleaning/Polishing

Product