At Stephens Gaskets, we offer several precision machine component carving and cutting services, including laser and die cutting. While both share the same nature in their purpose, there are a number of differences that set them apart.
A die cut, for instance, uses a powerful razor called a steel rule to cut through a surface or object. This is carried out by the hand of a professional. On the other hand, advanced laser cutting technology uses a computerised laser beam to perform the same procedure.
Both cutting systems can accomplish slightly different outcomes, which is why we will help you choose your desired method. In today’s post, we’re going to compare the two practices of laser cutting and die cutting to determine which suits your project.
The Differences Between Die Cutting & Laser Cutting
Although lasers attain such intricate results, the machinery itself is the less affordable option of the two. These heavily weighted systems require licensing from individuals or businesses. In most cases, laser cutting is carried out for large batches or bigger settings such as factories due to their quick turnaround.
Because of this, very few people have access to these tools, making this type of cutting technique very rare and sought after. Here at Stephens Gaskets, we pride ourselves in offering competitive pricing for all of our processes. If you want to receive a quote for both services mentioned in this post, get in touch today, and we can thoroughly assess your project.
In simple terms, one is manual and the other is digital. A die cutter requires a fully trained professional to operate the razor. This may sound far more advanced than allowing a computerised machine to carry out the task, but this is a misconception.
For a die cutter, the operator will manually set a marked pattern on the material before beginning the cutting process, giving the individual a guideline to monitor throughout.
On the other hand, you have less control over the laser beam. Prior to cutting, strict measurements are taken, ensuring that the laser beam carries out the task in the predetermined path or direction, achieving impeccable results. Once fully trained on a laser cutter, it is known for its ease of operating.
A laser cutter uses a high volume of energy to produce the most accurate results that can only be obtained through such energy. Using a specific path charted on a computer, the machine is concrete in its movements. Laser cutting can gain the same outcome, no matter the density or amount of the material being cut.
That doesn’t mean to say that die cutting doesn’t achieve immaculate results too. Unique design cutting is often easier to carry out using die cutting as it’s manual operating allows for more flexibility. Additionally, curving and bowing won’t appear, leaving you with a finely detailed product.
When it comes to speed, both offer an impressive turnaround; it is very much dependent on the size of the batch being cut.
Stephens Gaskets | Bespoke Cutting Specialists
Are you interested in our die cutting or laser cutting services? Get in touch with us today on 0121 544 5808, and we will be more than happy to offer you our advice & guidance on which service meets your needs. Our team at Stephens Gaskets have over 50 years’ experience under our belts, making us experts in our field.