We specialize in mechanized carving, cutting and engraving. If you haven't the
talent or the time to do it by hand with carving knife, chisels and scroll saw
but can use the computer, you can produce a superior product and do it
repeatedly, if that's your desire. Many successful enterprises began as a
hobby and developed into a profitable business. We have equipment for the
hobbyist and the factory, and everything in between. If you want to work with
wood or plastic, with leather, fabric or vinyl, with metal, glass, stone or
masonry, we have what you need.
The CNC machine (Computer Numerical Control) is basically a router mounted on
a frame that moves according to the program fed to its controllers, sideways,
lengthwise and vertically to cut or carve in three dimensions. It cuts away
material depending on the size and shape of its cutting bit. It can leave
a very fine finish that looks like the best hand carving. The principle is the
same for all CNC machines, from the table-top label maker to the largest fabrication
equipment. The difference is in the precision, capacity and durability,
and of course, cost.
The laser cutter/engraver operates by a concentrated light beam strong enough
to cut through a material, or with less power applied, engrave the surface.
The laser cuts with such a fine line that there is virtually no waste (except
smoke, which must be extracted to the outside). The result can be as intricate
and delicate as the drawing that is fed into the machine. Because the material
is burnt, the cut edges of wood are singed, and take on a dark brown or black
color, depending on the kind of wood. This may be desirable for engraving
on the surface. The extremely fine edge laser-cut from plastics is
vaporized away, and does not show this discoloration.
These two types of machine are complementary, and are often found in the same
shop. Some projects will best be done with a combination of laser and CNC
machine. Metals and stone and glass can be engraved with either machine, with
different effects. The laser can cut through wood or acrylic up to 1 inch thick,
depending on the power of the laser tube and the current applied. The CNC
machine requires that the material be held down with clamps or adhesive, but the
material does not move in the laser cutter, and so does not need to be fixed in