5 interesting applications for laser cutting

Since the 1960s, laser cutting has had many interesting uses. While laser cutting is generally thought of as a large-scale industrial process, this doesn’t always have to be the case. Here are five of the most novel uses of laser profile cutting technology over the course of its 50-year history.

Jewellery

Perhaps one of the most creative uses of laser cutting technology, jewellery has really reaped the benefits of high precision laser cutting. Many detailed and intricate jewellery designs are only possible thanks to the precision of laser cutting technology.

Laser cut business cards

Business cards keep your details in the minds and within easy reach of your clients. Laser-cutting has allowed designers to create metallic business cards that are specially cut using a laser cutter. Not only do they look impressive but they can withstand heavy use as well.

Wooden signs

You can really give your boutique bar, restaurant, retail outlet or home a unique look with a well-designed wooden (or metal) sign. Laser precision means that your sign will be easily read, professional and durable for years to come.

Aerospace design

Since the 1970s, laser-cutting technology was used to cut titanium, aluminium and stainless steel for the purpose of aerospace engineering, where precision is paramount. The next time you marvel at the engineering that goes into creating the modern jet engine, remember that you have the accuracy and precision repeatability of laser-cutting to thank for it.

Sculptures

Another benefit of laser cutting is the ability to create perfect scale replications. This has given artists the opportunity to turn their abstract drawings and designs into three-dimensional pieces of art – to exact scale. Laser-cut steel art is hugely popular, and provides the strength and durability that has led some projects to double as children’s playgrounds.

For the last three decades, ShapeCUT has been at the forefront of the laser cutting industry, providing services to the transport, mining and construction industries as well as helping creative and unusual businesses of all sizes benefit from the high quality precision that the best laser cutting delivers.  Contact us today on 1800 742 732 to discuss your next metal work project.

Image detail: The Kelpies on the Forth and Clyde canal near Falkirk