Lasers spark awards hope for wood carving

Shortlisted: Manchester's Vice Chancellor, Prof Dame Nancy Rothwell, beside her quote, lasered into wooden panels by Cutting Technologies.
Shortlisted: Manchester's Vice Chancellor, Prof Dame Nancy Rothwell, beside her quote, lasered into wooden panels by Cutting Technologies.
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A GROUND breaking design project involving a Barnsley-based laser cutting and engraving firm is in the running for a top industry award.

Cutting Technologies was asked to use lasers to engrave inspirational quotes from leading figures from Manchester University on oak panels to create an eye catching feature for the walls of a new, £24 million campus building.

After engraving, the panels were installed in the café, computer suite and on the staircase of the Alan Gilbert Learning Commons.

Now, the panels have been shortlisted for the inaugural Surface Design Awards.

Cutting Technologies co-founder and director, Jane Robinson, said: “Having our work shortlisted for such a prestigious award is a superb start to 2013.

“The project was a pleasure to work on and is a great example of a traditional material meeting highly advanced techniques to produce something innovative and unique.

“While traditional and elegant in appearance, the project really breaks boundaries in surface design. Using advanced laser engraving on oak to create a surface at this size and scale is truly ground breaking.”

Award winners will be announced next week at London’s Business Design Centre.