Stone is carved today like it was in the earliest civilisations; by hand, with hammers, chisels and similar tools. However, stone cutters also now use lasers to turn stone into artwork, architecture and industrial pieces. Laser technology allows carvers to achieve exact specifications, and to make more convenient copies of the work.
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The AMS Stone Laser Carving Machine
The AMS Stone Laser Carving Machine cuts stone efficiently, according to the manufacturer. The engraving machine is designed for use on granite, marble, bluestone, sandstone and other materials. The machine offers digital, high-tech, fully automatic computer carving for stone inscription, stone-carving art, decoration and crafts.
The laser power is 60 watts, and the four laser carver models weigh between 20.4 Kilogram (100kg) and 82.1 Kilogram (400kg). The carving areas are 1 by 1.6 feet (300 by 500mm), 1.9 by 2.9 feet (600 by 900mm), 2.6 by 3.9 feet (800 by 1200), 3.9 by 4.9 feet (1200 by 1500).
The Stone Laser Carving Machine is built in Henan China, sells for up to £4,875 as of November 2010, and is supplied through the Zhengzhou Amisy Trading Company.
Scantech sells a 3D laser scanner and CAD/CAM systems for copying and reverse engineering. CAD/CAM is shorthand for computer-aided design and computer-aided manufacturing. The software uses CAD drawing tools to describe an object's geometries. Then CAM software uses the dimensions to machine-tool the exact shape drawn. The company makes tools for laser stone carving, scanners, portable systems and scanners for direct mounting on numerical controlled machines, based on 3D laser scanner technology. Scantech stone cutting is used for fireplaces, funeral art, carved panels, monuments, restoration and sculpture enlargement.
Laser Stone Carving
The E9060 laser stone carving, etching and engraving machine was designed for marble, granite and similar stones. The machine offers a resolution ratio of less than 0.025mm. The cutting depth ranges from 20mm (60W), and 35-40 mm (120W), with a scanning precision of 1200 dpi. The E9060 uses a water cooling system and offers a honeycomb cutting table and grill platform. The interface standard print port and USB port is compatible with Windows 2000XP. An automatic lift platform can be heightened to accommodate materials of different thicknesses. The machine is sold through the Shanghai Ever Tech Laser Technology in Shanghai, China.
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