Exploring the Advantages of Mould Tool Texturing by 5-Axis Laser

Changing the aesthetics by adding a design 5-axis laser texturing is a specialised manufacturing process that involves the use of lasers to create complex and precise textures or patterns on the surface of three-dimensional objects. Unlike traditional methods which are limited in their ability to achieve complex designs, laser texturing is a precise, repeatable process with limitless design possibilities.  How is this method different? In 5-axis laser texturing the term “5-axis” refers to the multidirectional movement capabilities of the laser system used for the texturing process. What stands this method out is that the texturing equipment can move the laser head in five different directions. This additional freedom of movement allows the laser to access and texture complex three-dimensional surfaces from multiple angles including curved and contoured surfaces. Where is this method utilised? Due to its ability to create precise and customised surface textures on a wide range of materials the applications of 5-axis laser texturing are continually expanding. This technology is particularly popular with toolmakers due to its ability to texture moulds, dies, inserts and other tooling components with intricate patterns and textures. This enhances their grip, wear resistance and functionality. In the plastic moulding industry textured moulds ensure better part ejection, reduced friction and improved surface finish of moulded parts. For stamping and forming dies laser texturing helps in reducing material adhesion, minimising tool wear and prolonging tool life. Toolmakers also utilise 5-axis laser texturing for creating custom textures that facilitate better lubrication and heat dissipation leading to improved manufacturing efficiency and product quality. By incorporating 5-axis laser texturing into their toolmaking processes toolmakers can achieve higher precision, increased productivity and superior performance in their tooling applications. Mould texturing can also be used to elevate the aesthetics of a component by putting a design into its surface. For example, a wood grain effect in window mouldings or a leather effect on car dashboard components. How is the texture design achieved? Intricate patterns and textures are achieved through precise manipulation of a high-powered laser beam across the surface of a material. This process involves the use of Computer-Aided Design (CAD) software to design the desired texture or pattern by specifying details such as depth, shape, and orientation. Once a texture or pattern is programmed into the CAD software and applied to one tooling component it can be effortlessly replicated across other components with precision and consistency. What are the benefits over other methods? This method offers several benefits including greater precision, reduced tool wear (because there is no physical contact), faster production times and the ability to create consistent intricate details. Whether it’s creating fine features on moulds or applying intricate textures for improved release, this technology offers flexibility to meet diverse requirements and ease of replication. As a result the manufacturing process is streamlined, lead times are reduced and overall production efficiency for toolmakers is enhanced across various industries. Additionally, being a digital process designs can be easily rescaled or faded out at the edges of tools to reduce scuffing during mould release.  If you are looking to explore the benefits of 5-axis laser texturing and its potential applications for your manufacturing needs then get in touch with Fimark. Our team of experts is ready to discuss how this technology can enhance your operations and help you achieve your production goals.     info@fimark.co.uk www.fimark.co.uk 01932245226

Backlit Buttons for Automotive and Aerospace

In the world of automotive and aerospace design attention to detail is paramount, especially when it comes to creating components like backlit buttons. One of the key features enhancing user experience and safety is the use of day/night controls.

Fimark Enhances Craftsmanship with Carveco Software Integration

Fimark Enhances Craftsmanship with Carveco Software Integration Fimark have recently integrated an all-in-one software solution called Carveco (previously known as ArtCAM), into their creative arsenal. This cutting-edge addition allows Fimark to turn 2D designs into sculpted 3D engraving. Carveco software is used by top designers around the world to sculpt and model in 3D. For example in the design of jewellery pieces. Whether starting with hand-drawn sketches or pre-existing vector art, this amazing software allows the import of  various file formats, granting absolute control over vector editing and precise modelling of 3D surfaces. Charles Dean, Managing Director at Fimark, expresses, “Our dedication extends beyond delivering excellence; it’s also about embracing possibilities through the latest technology. The recent integration of Carveco software empowers our design team to transform low-resolution images, such as a ring crest, into intricate 3D models for engraving. The seamless integration of Carveco and CAD technologies enables unparalleled customisation across a vast array of industries for Fimark’s clients.” By integrating Carveco within its process, Fimark is able to craft high-quality 2D or 3D engraving from artwork with unprecedented speed. This not only unleashes the creative potential for businesses but also significantly accelerates the pre-production process.  With the purchase of Carveco Fimark is able to take on projects that might otherwise have been impossible. Charles Dean explains, “The efficiency gained through this software not only propels our creative endeavours but makes projects feasible that, by manual means, would have been economically challenging for our clients.”  Contact Fimark today to discuss your design ideas and explore the possibilities that Carveco can offer your business. +44 (0) 1932 245 226 info@fimark.co.uk

Laser Etching Services

At Fimark we work closely with clients in the aerospace, defence and automotive sectors. From backlit buttons and fascias to component identification and traceability solutions, we are experts in laser etching for a variety of purposes. Below you can see laser etching completed on a painted backlit fascia.

Fimark Exceeds Expectations with Timely Delivery for Client’s Backlit Buttons for Aerospace Project

Fimark takes pride in its enduring relationships and client satisfaction, and a recent project with an aerospace client stands as a testament to this commitment. This long standing client recently approached Fimark with a time-sensitive challenge – an expedited deadline. The task at hand: painting and laser etching backlit buttons destined for first and business-class cabins in a third of the usual time for this type of work. In the spirit of collaboration and unwavering dedication to client success, Fimark embraced the challenge. Despite the tight timeframe, we not only met but exceeded expectations, delivering on precision and quality – hallmarks of the Fimark experience. At Fimark, our clients are at the heart of everything we do. We understand the significance of meeting deadlines without compromising excellence. This recent project is a shining example of how Fimark goes above and beyond, ensuring our clients’ requirements are not only met but surpassed. Why Choose Fimark? Ready to elevate your projects with precision and excellence? Looking to work with a partner who puts your success at the heart of what they do? Contact us to discuss your requirements, and let’s achieve together. #Fimark

Power Boost:

Fimark announces a significant advancement in their technology as they upgrade the power output on their GF Machining Solutions’ state of the art L1000 5 axis laser texturing machine. Read about how this improvement in technology could benefit your business.

Precision Perfected

James Lamb embarked on a journey to create an exceptional and exclusive timepiece collection. Read about why Fimark were the perfect partner for the job and how they helped create a one of a kind watch dial.