Summary. As a premier laser cut shim supplier, Stephens Gaskets harnesses advanced laser cutting technology to produce precise and seamless laser cut shims. Originating in the 1960s, laser cutting offers intricate designs, cost-effectiveness, and reduced waste in manufacturing. Rely on Stephens Gaskets for unmatched quality and affordability in laser cut shims.


Laser cutting has quickly become one of the most effective and efficient ways to manufacture bespoke shims. As an acknowledged laser cut shim supplier, we endeavour to always use best practices. This is why we trust in this advanced technology that delivers immense precision and a seamless finish that cannot be attained elsewhere.

But, where did this method originate and how does it achieve such flawless results? In today’s article, we’re going to delve into the history of laser cutting in manufacturing, and how it surpasses other methods in its accuracy and success in shim production. Here at Stephens Gaskets, our trained professionals have mastered the art and science of laser cutting to ensure that we upkeep the highest level of quality in all metal parts.


The History of Laser Cutting

The first ever working laser was established in the 1960s. Several types of lasers were introduced during this time, including optical fibre lasers, gas lasers and crystal lasers. The first production laser cutting machine, however, was first used in 1965 by the Western Electric Engineering Research Center.

Using an intense and narrow single beam of light for customisation was seen as very creative and most importantly, helpful. While its initial purpose was to drill holes in diamond dies, laser cutting is now widely used in many sectors including the medical, industrial and retail sectors.


What are the benefits of laser cutting in manufacturing?

There are several reasons why we favour laser cut shims, and here’s an insight.


Achieving Complexity

While there are other manufacturing methods for shim production, they do not all share the same capabilities. Laser cut shim suppliers trust this technique due to the guaranteed results even in the most complex of projects. Using complete control, lasers meticulously cut through metal surfaces, abiding by the strict guidelines given by the client and put into the system.

This includes even the most unique shapes and sizes requested. Our state-of-the-art equipment allows us to adjust settings accordingly, delivering a perfect outcome every time.


Cost Effective

Secondly, one of the most significant benefits of laser cut shims is the rapid turnaround time and cost-effectiveness. By reducing the manpower and production time required, we automatically save on budget for both our business and our clients. Once the initial consultation is complete and we have acquired your exact measurements and guidelines, our machines do the rest.

The cutting programmes used ensure maximum intricacy in every shim; therefore, multiple runs for changes and improvements are extremely unlikely. Thus, we reduce time and running costs as a whole.


Reducing Waste

Additionally, laser cut shim suppliers rely on this process to reduce the amount of wastage that accumulates from every run. We can accurately calculate how many shims can be produced by each sheet of metal. And we always aim for the highest amount of shims per sheet, avoiding any metal going to waste.


Why Stephens Gaskets?

If you’re looking for a reliable shim washer manufacturer in the West Midlands, look no further. We continuously adapt and develop our processes to achieve impeccable results in every project we undergo. Our laser cut shims are second to none in quality, accuracy and affordability.

Get in touch with us today at 0121 544 5808 if you’d like to discuss our laser cutting services further.

If you found this blog useful, take a look at a previous one: Laser Cut Silicone Rubber Gaskets From Stephens Gaskets

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