laser cutting for printing
Precise Cutting for the Printing Industry
Flexible laser cutting tools for any shop that manufactures graphics, signs, overlays or labels. Cut the most widely used materials–from paper and polycarbonate to adhesives without costly dies or time-consuming handwork.

 
CASE STUDY: Displays2Go

Displays2Go has been fabricating POP display stands since 1974. Their POP display product line includes over 4000 different stands, racks, and fixtures ready to ship from their warehouse

Read how Displays2Go improved on existing processes to stay ahead of the game using Coherent's laser cutting machines.

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Coherent's laser machining tools are widely used to manufacturer graphics, signs, overlays, or labels from a wide variety of materials. Features of our product line for this industry include:

  • Flexible, non-contact, die-less cutting
  • Excellent process control- kiss cutting to nameplate cutting in seconds
  • Wide range of materials
  • Vision registration system - accurate cutting of printed materials
  • Pallet Automation for increased productivity
  • No optics cleaning - sealed beam path
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    Using a laser cutter completely eliminates expensive dies from your plant. Coherent's laser cutting machines generate a cutting path based on the original computer-generated artwork, and use printed registration features to align and cut parts with absolute precision – even compensating for screen stretch and scaling errors. There’s no setup, so it’s faster for the operator and more cost efficient for the plant. The completely digital process means higher quality, more flexibility and greater precision–all at dramatically lower costs.

    Ideal for High Volume Production or Short Runs. The die-less cutting technique of our laser cutters use computer generated cutting paths to make it incredibly easy and inexpensive to do cutting jobs of any size. No dies or expensive handwork is necessary when cutting parts, meaning you can increase profits on short runs. For high volume production, our Automatic Dual Pallet shuttle option has automated pallet loading and a bar code reader that automatically loads the correct cutting job. Because setup and careful alignment are unnecessary, a single operator can easily run several laser cutting systems simultaneously, saving hours a day in labor costs.

    Kiss-cutting Applications. Kiss-cuts of any material are a breeze and can be done simultaneously with through-cuts, making laser cutting ideal for overlays and labels. Designers can make labels that include an added tab that makes the label easier and faster to apply, significantly decreasing application time and increasing their value to your customer.

     
     
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    Die Cutting. Coherent's laser cutting machines offer their greatest benefits when compared to die cutting. With a laser cutting machine, there are no dies to create, eliminating the cost and wait of die creation. Parts can be easily changed on the computer, and can be instantly cut on the laser, allowing tremendous flexibility for small jobs and prototyping. Coherent laser cutting machines require no fixturing, no alignment of parts for cutting, and complete ability to cut any part of any size or detail. A Coherent laser cutting machine will not only allow you to expand the work you do, but also allow you to create your current parts more efficiently, with greater precision and less wastage from rejected parts.

    Knife Cutter. When compared to knife cutters, Coherent laser cutters are much more flexible and precise. You do not have to worry about material hold-down because of the powerful vacuum cutting bed. Coherent laser cutting machines do not have any parts that can wear or dull, so they do not have to be replaced and accuracy is maintained throughout the entire cut. A laser allows you to perform all types of cuts on any applicable material with just one machine. While a knife can only cut thin and pliable plastics, a laser can easily cut hard, thick plastics, even those with adhesive backs that gum-up knife cutters.

    Shears. Coherent's laser cutting machines offer much higher flexibility than shears—anything that can be drawn can be cut with a laser, where shears are generally only suitable for cutting straight lines. Coherent offers a variety of laser cutting methods for producing high quality edges, whereas shears produce parts that require post-processing. Shears will also dull over time, so parts need to be replaced. Lasers do not have any parts that can wear or dull, so these parts do not have to be replaced and accuracy is maintained throughout the entire cut.

     

     
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