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Efficient Designs, Incorporated (EDI)  burst on to the laser-processing scene in 1993. Founded by a team of CO2 laser veterans and material scientists looking for a better way to cut alumina. While there were other people offering machines that cut metals wood plastics, no one provided a specific turnkey solution for the thriving electronics fed alumina industry. By forming key alliances, Edi developed innovative solutions to cutting alumina for industrial applications.

Laser light may be used to cut and score a wide variety of materials. With a laser cutting machine like this, paper and plastic can easily be scored and cut very precisely. Even plywood up to 1/4" thick can be cut on this small machine. Larger industrial machines can cut metal as well. Typically the plotting rate and power of the laser are modulated to select various levels of scoring and cutting.

The laser plotter is a mechanical 2D positioning mechanism driven by motors. The laser is mounted in the back. Small mirrors are used to guide light from the laser to a particular location on the material. The base of the cutting area is made from a honeycomb material to let the laser light pass through. This has to be replaced periodically.

Scoring and multiple cutting layers are indicated by labeling the layers. All scoring is done before cutting is started. The width of the cuts and scores are approximately 0.009" on this machine.

Multiple cut passes are needed for parts that have holes in them. First the holes are cut, then the shape of the piece is cut. This avoids problems that may occur due to parts shifting after being cut.

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edi leads the industry in CO2 cutting capabilities.
We are the machining designers.
We know best how to optimize machine parameters.

We set our self apart from other cutting houses.

  • Tighter Tolerances
  • Quick Turn-around
  • Lower Prices


"EDI worked closely
with the Dumas team
to design a cutting process
that met our
production requirements,
improved overall product quality
and increased our throughput."

Rob Brandon,
President, Dumas Products, Inc.


Precision Cutting, Scribing & Drilling

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Efficient Designs, Incorporated
1638 South Research Loop - Suite 100
Tucson, Arizona 85710
(520) 885-9646
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Some content on this page excerpted from the article:
The Laser Cutting Machine
By: Paul Haeberli, Nov 1996