Laser firm providing inspiration for studies

Manchester University President and Vice Chancellor, Professor Dame Nancy Rothwell, beside her quote, lasered into wooden panels on the walls of the University's �24 million Alan Gilbert Learning Commons building by Barnsley-based Cutting Technologies.
Manchester University President and Vice Chancellor, Professor Dame Nancy Rothwell, beside her quote, lasered into wooden panels on the walls of the University's �24 million Alan Gilbert Learning Commons building by Barnsley-based Cutting Technologies.
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Success is academic for Barnsley-based laser cutting and engraving company Cutting Technologies.

When Manchester University was looking for ways to inspire students using a new £24 million building it was planning to construct, it came up with the idea of a wall made from oak panels engraved with inspirational quotes from Manchester alumni, Nobel Prize winners and other key figures.

However, finding a company with the capability to engrave the large pieces of oak that the design required wasn’t as easy as anticipated. Project architects Sheppard Robson researched laser companies across the world before discovering Cutting Technologies had the skills they needed.

It asked the Barnsley firm to engrave the panels before RW Joinery installed them in the new building’s café, and computer suite and on the side of a staircase.

Sheppard Robson’s Jimi Estéve said: “From receipt of the raw oak sample we knew we were talking to the right people.”

Cutting Technologies co-founder and director, Jane Robinson, said: “We’re very proud to play a part in the creation of such a landmark building and are thrilled that Sheppard Robson eventually found us.

“This is a great opportunity for us to showcase our abilities to designers and architects and the way in which we can enable them to bring their most creative ideas to life.”

Cutting Technologies was founded in 2003 and employs 28 people. The company specialises in innovative and design-led laser cutting and engraving and has more than 500 clients worldwide.

Other prestigious contracts that the firm has won this year have included cutting parts for the beacons used as part of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and components used in the closing ceremony of the London Paralympic Games, producing a highly decorative screen for an ambassadorial residence in Israel and cutting the metal for the centrepiece of Doncaster’s new civic sculpture in Sir Nigel Gresley Square.