Laser Cutting | The Unsung Industrial Revolution

Laser Cutting The Unsung Revolution Radshape

An Introduction to Laser Cutting

Laser cutting is now an incredibly common process. Many industries would not be able to function without its dynamic use of modern technology, that provides accuracy, speed, and efficiency. As material cutting is one of the most important steps in a manufacturing project or metal fabrication, laser technology has become ubiquitous with precision. But how has laser cutting had such an impact on the world, although it isn't viewed in the same light as the Industrial Revolution?

Then Versus Now

When we look at the beginnings of the Industrial Revolution, starting around 1760, It is clear to see how this completely changed the way that factories processed and brought products to the masses. Retrospectively, the introduction of laser cutting came with many advantages similar to that of the industrial revolution. When we look at industrial practices and the pressure to maintain and increase productivity, this has led us to the laser cutting revolution as we now know it.

It wasn’t until the 1960s when the advantages of laser cutting started to become established. However, from this point; the processing of materials evolved at such a rate that it has now been adopted by many industries around the world from the medical industry to automotive industries. As lasers have become widespread in various sectors, laser cutting is synonymous with precision, making it one of today’s most commonly used cutting processes along with flame-cutting, water-jet cutting and plasma cutting.

A Constantly Developing Revolution

Whilst the Industrial Revolution was at the forefront of technology in the 1760s, it did not have the capacity to mass-produce precise complexity in designs. There was also the issue of manufacturers needing the manpower required to operate the machinery they used.

Look no further than the internet for a glimpse as to how accessible laser cutters are in the 21st century. Nowadays most people could even gather the resources to build a functioning laser engraving machine. This webpage demonstrates how you can build your own.

Widely shared knowledge combined with computer-based programming capabilities of technology, allow us to progress further into the world of automated manufacturing.

As far as diversity is concerned; laser cutting is applicable in so many different industries with a level of speed that was unattainable during the Industrial Revolution. The sheer versatility of laser cutting services offered by companies such as Radshape provides a plethora of autonomous manufacturing opportunities. Since being introduced in the 1960s laser cutting has evolved to become more efficient, companies are able to create prototypes for new technology quickly, meaning developments can occur faster than ever, almost faster than the ever-growing demand for new and innovative products.

Humans and Machines Working Together

Laser cutting becomes an invaluable tool when a company incorporates the technology into its workforce. Tasks that would have taken much longer with a solely human team now require a much leaner hands-on presence. Humans ultimately have full control over operations performed by laser cutting machines by pre-programming the machines work, and so for now, manufacturers will always require a team of people to maintain and programme the automated workforce.


Without laser cutting, many manufacturing companies would be less productive, resulting in larger overheads, more staff, and a more complex industry. Modern technology has made it easier than ever before for businesses to manufacture products en masse.

As old working methods are integrated with computer systems, automated systems have become the go-to solution for many modern industries. The Industrial Revolution introduced manufacturing, but laser cutting has changed the face of it forever.

Radshape offers a multitude of metal fabrication services, from Assembly to Welding and more. If your project requires laser cutting from an experienced and trusted UK manufacturer, contact our friendly team today by emailing or by calling +44 (0) 121 242 3323. Shape your future with Radshape.