Lasers at design’s new cutting edge

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Laser cutting and engraving specialist Cutting Technologies is developing techniques to produce a new generation of decorative panels.

The Barnsley business has joined forces with Portuguese wood fibre panel manufacturer Valchromat and distributor James Latham to show architects and designers what can be achieved using Valchromat panels and advanced laser technology.

Cutting Technologies director and co-founder Jane Robinson said: “Valchromat is a superb material for both laser cutting and engraving and we’re producing some stunning effects which should enable designers to use Valchromat in a range of new ways.

“The intricacy and level of detail our lasers can cut and engrave, even on the thickest panels in the Valchromat range, simply cannot be achieved through any other process. We’re confident that our strategic partnership will get the design world thinking differently about this product.”

Chris Dewhirst, from Valchromat, said: “We’re always looking for new and innovative ways of using Valchromat so Cutting Technologies is an ideal firm for us to be teaming up with.

“So far, we’ve been trialling a range of possibilities, including laser cut acoustic panels, laser engraved photographs and laser cut decorative panels. The results have been excellent.”

Cutting Technologies was founded in 2003 and employs 30 people at its factory on Zenith Park industrial estate at Barugh Green, Barnsley.

Last year, the firm played a key part in the Diamond Jubilee celebrations by cutting parts for the jubilee beacons and was shortlisted for a Surface Design Award for making engraved oak walls for Manchester University.