What are the benefits of using eurolaser systems to cut acrylic with laser?
Cutting the large acrylic figures with laser
We used cast 15-mm thick acrylic glass for producing the figures. As some of the figures were to be over 2 m high, we used the XL-1600 or rather XL-3200 laser systems to cut them. The large processing areas of these cutters meant the figures could be cut in one piece from the acrylic sheets. One important detail of the finished figures is their smooth edges – after all they are intended to present the exhibits to the visitors. So the high-quality gloss effect of the crystal clear cut edges of the acrylic is, of course, important for the museum.
Acrylic glass, if processed in the customary way, requires several machining steps if a clear, transparent surface finish is to be achieved on the cut edge and there are considerable limitations where the cutting of filigree inner contours is concerned. In contrast, laser cutting uses an extremely focussed laser light which creates localised heat formation that immediately causes the acrylic to evaporate. Once cut the crystal-clear and smooth contours required appear naturally and require no further re-working. So in fact the whole procedure is achieved in just one single processing step.