What we do
What we do
Laser Bureau specialises in laser cutting paper, we engrave, perforate, namecut and can also offer a hand finishing service. Our eye is always on quality. With our sister company Cutture we finish work for some amazing brands like Harrods, Molton Brown and Ferrari, and produce stationery for incredible events. Our work is varied which is a really exciting challenge: we can go from making large scale pieces for point of sale and exhibitions to intricate tags and place cards for events. We get more and more requests to laser cut elements for packaging, particularly luxury cartons where you need to add that extra bit flair or interest to really set your product apart from the competition. Also as finishing on brochure and book covers gets more creative laser cutting is now a viable option due to the higher volumes we can now produce with our equipment.
The advantage of working with a specialist laser cutting service is that in addition to cutting, we offer alternatives to other finishes, for example adding a laser crease, or perforation. It means we are becoming an option for short run work that would usually be die-cut, saving on tooling costs. You can also push the designs further than you can with die cutting, adding extra detail or text that would normally not be possible with a cutting forme.
At Laser Bureau we have two different styles of laser cutter. We have cabinet lasers from Trotec, these are laser plotters. The cabinet lasers are really flexible and although we specialise in cutting paper and card they will happily cut and engrave other materials like acrylic and wood. If these machines have a weakness it’s that compared to the Motion Cutter they are slower. Newer to us is our Motion Cutter, this is a high speed digital galvo laser cutter. We use both styles of machine and they each have strengths that suit particular work. The Motion Cutter is ideal for cutting paper and card and the control you have to refine your cut is amazing. As the name suggests they also cut in motion, so with a traditional feeder you can load in a pallet of paper and, using either sheet or print detection, laser cut much larger volumes than previously possible because you don’t need to hand feed.
One brilliant feature of our Motion Cutter is how relatively straightforward it can be to incorporate numbering and personalisation into your laser cut design. Every invitation or magazine cover for instance can now have a guest’s or client’s name cut out, that really has the wow factor.
Another of the features of a laser cutter that is probably the most under utilised and the thing that still surprises me every time we do it is you can laser kiss cut. We produce adhesive-backed labels for some clients and the complexity of cut is impressive, but the fact that you can adjust the laser so it doesn’t cut all the way through the backing sheet makes them really easy to peel and apply.