Saving money is something we all strive for, especially in business, where project overruns can very quickly wreak havoc. Therefore, in this article, we want to give you some tips on reducing the laser cutting expenses. Whether you have one project, or an ongoing need for laser cutting work, the tips below will help you.
Before you sign off on the work commencement, ask the right questions!
The cost of laser cutting is important, but it is equally important that you understand that focusing on cost alone does not reduce expenses. So, what else is important? Answers to the following questions are really important and will help you get the most out of your project:
- What experience does the service provider have with laser cutting?
- What machines they use, how they fit in your project? For example, just because they have a high strength machine, it does not mean that you actually need such a machine (which can be more expensive).
- What material should you use, and what thickness should the material be?
The right cut is important.
If you have a project that requires cut in several internal holes, make sure that the service provider you are using has a machine that can cut using the ‘flying cut’ method. This technique allows lasers to work more effectively, reducing machine time and thus allowing or optimised productivity.
If you know you will be requiring multiple laser cutting services, plan ahead and group your projects for execution in batches as opposed to one at a time.
Ensure your design is optimal for laser cutting.
Laser cutting is a specific method that has nuances that you should be aware of before you send in your design for cutting. Certain design elements are not well suited for laser cutting, and other design elements may cause laser machines to double up on cuts, thus increasing your laser costs.
Create a prototype
Rather than just relying on a drawing, why not go one step further and create a prototype using paper or a cheap material. Actually seeing a prototype will help you ensure the design is correct and will help the laser cutting service provider better understand what you are after. Read more about this on https://laserfab.net/blog/reduce-laser-cutting-costs/.
Need help with your laser cutting needs?
At The Aussie Group, we have the right knowledge, experience and machinery to help you reducing laser cutting expenses. Contact us today for further advice.