Wood is nowadays one of the most popular materials and its usages are continuing to spread, thanks to the style of wood crafts and people awareness for a more ecological World. Laser technology is the favourite solution to enhance the elegance of wood material and transform it into a unique craft as it can give different engraving aspects and cut precisely. Moreover, it can engrave and cut lots a huge wood variety: Beech, Walnut, Oak, Birch, Bamboo, Maple, Pine, Cherry, the CO2 laser engraver is respectful of the wood when processed, so varnish or paint can be put afterwards. Following wood materials can be easily processed with a laser: Composite wood: MDF, HDF, Cork Natural wood Precious wood Solid wood, Hardwood Plywood: Veneer, Multiplex Oriented strand board (OSB): fiberboard, particleboard, chipboard, flakeboard etc.
Main wood applications: Models (Architect, hobby and craft) Signs and displays Trophy and awards Interior Design (artistic items) Toys (educational) Crafts (furniture manufacturing) Art: inlays, marquetry Celebration (Christmas decoration, wishes and event cards) Packaging and Prototyping Our solutions can also from a wood sheet create kerf, hinge or malleable area to give a potential movement. It opens innovative possibilities such as large book covers, mechanisms or any complex shape.
A laser-cut edge will always have a burnt aspect. Gravostyle ™software, thanks to its setting library, gives the user the possibility to increase or decrease the darkness level of the edge. In terms of engraving, there are wide possibilities: the options range from light colour (low power, high speed), different brown shades to very dark (high power, 2mm defocus), depending on the wood variety and laser settings. Photoengraving, letter cutout, name and logo personalization, precise prototype cut, one laser can do them all.
CO2 lasers are using the natural burn reaction by vaporizing the wood. Therefore, there is no chemical product needed or generated when the wood processed is also natural (like solid wood for instance). Gravotech also offers a range of different Plywood that is PEFC™ certified, meaning that the trees are from certified sustainable forests and the glues are respectful for the environment. Our fume exhaust benefit from High-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filters, that remove harmful fumes and return clean air.
Wood processing with a laser generates no chip, but only smoke, gas and dust that can easily and safely be handle by a fume exhaust. Some kinds of wood such as Plywood, Composite or OSB generate an important amount of fumes, gas and particles linked to the glues used inside them. We strongly recommend the use of a Prefilter accessory in addition to the fume exhaust, as it will drastically increase the HEPA exhaust filters lifetime and reduce the cost of use.
The precision of our CNC wood etching machine is equivalent to the one from the laser technologies. CNC Milling is only limited by its minimum tool size, so it can’t do the very thin details in 2D operations. However, such details can be obtained by using the 3D capacities from the machine and our Gravostyle ™software.
Contrary to laser technology that burns the wood, our mechanical technology is milling the material so there is no risk of fire ignition. Therefore, the operator does not have to watch the equipment at all time, which saves time.
Milling on wood does not generate burn areas, so the colour obtained after processing is the wood natural colour. This feature is particularly enjoyable when the aim is to promote the natural rough and ecological side of your wood creation.
Our Laserwood material is finished ready to be used that can directly be processed (engraved or cut) with no other operation needed (polishing#)
Our Birch is a PEFC™ certified material, it is sourced from sustainably managed forests, in line with the strictest environmental, social, and economic requirements. With its natural composition, Birch in environmentally friendly. PEFC™: Program for Endorsement of Forest Certification Scheme. For more information, visit www.pefc.org
A choice of 4 different Laserwood: Birch (PEFC™ certified), Beech, Oak and Walnut. With a range of thicknesses from 4.5mm down to 0.4mm and ready to work with laser (C02) or rotary or even add colour with UV printing. The opportunities are endless but the choice is yours.
Most non-dense woods such as MDF or Plywood can be cut even with our smallest laser power. Higher power ranges can be used to cut thick wood material. Gravotech offers unique accessories ideal for Laserwood and other Plywood processing, such as honeycomb table quick clamps and clips.
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