In the application, we demonstrate how a front panel is cut from polycarbonate using a laser. Particular attention is paid to the openings for switches, controls and LEDs which must be cut very accurately in order to provide a high standard of quality.
The demands on the films, mostly made of polycarbonate, ABS or PETG are very high. A good level of impact and scratch resistance is a prerequisite. As a result, the demands made on the processing of such a complex material are extensive.
Advantages of laser cutting:
- No force applied to the material - so no mechanical stress of the material
- Highest level of precision and great advantages for delicate cutting, even small batches become economically viable
- Accurate laser cutting of printed materials in particular due to an optical recognition system
The advantage of laser processing as opposed to a punch or cutter is the high quality of the split cut, as well as the non-existent wear to the ‘laser’ tool.
With the laser beam, even the smallest details can be cut practically radius-free, unlike with a cutter. Non-contact processing has the advantage of not affecting material surfaces. In addition, the material need not be laboriously fixed, leading to reduced production times.