FAQs

What does Providence Texture do?

Providence Texture (PT) is a laser service company with core services including texturing (cosmetic and/or functional), engraving, micro-machining, part marking (on, in, and/or below surface), cutting (thin stock – any material), drilling (blind holes and through holes)

Can PT texture, engrave or mark complicated 3D molds or parts?

Absolutely! Our 5-axis CNC lasers were specifically designed to maneuver around complex 3D geometry with a generous working distance. Generally speaking, if we can see it we can reach it.

Micro-machining: do lasers replace die sink EDM or CNC mills?

Laser micro-machining can be a stand-alone, but it is often a complimentary process that works best along with highspeed micro-milling and die sink micro machining.

Our Femtosecond laser can machine very hard materials (easily 65+ HRc, sapphire, diamonds, etc.) and leave very clean finishes and do it all quite quickly in a single setup. We can usually develop a process and machine a job in less time than it would take to source graphite or copper and machine the electrode. Also, the process is repeatable without the need for spares or finishing tools. It’s also a nimble process for vetting R&D with lots of other benefits.

Contact us to see if laser machining is a good fit and free up your micro-machining resources!

Volume: Can PT manage large programs of molds or parts?

Yes! We can process a single part or mold component or use our integrated System 3R automation to manage projects with thousands of parts. Automation and customizable work holding allow us to setup for processing all day and all night, with software to alert us of issues that might stall progress.

Also, with 5-axis lasers, we only require a single setup 99% of the time.

Cost: Does the laser texture process cost more than conventional chemical texture methods…?

The short answer is – it depends.

Newer 3-dimensional patterns (3D), especially those specifically designed for laser, will cost more than a 2-dimensional (2D) industry standard patterns. However, many 3D patterns developed for acid-etching such as leather grains and geometric designs found in the automotive and consumer product industries, can match cost or actually be less expensive and take less time than conventional methods – with better results.

Standard industry textures developed for conventional acid-etching methods are generally competitively priced and with similar turnaround times.

 

Benefits: Are there distinct benefits of the laser process?

There are many benefits that come with the use of laser, which will vary depending on the process.

Benefits of texturing with laser: the absence of sand blasting (particularly helpful when engraving adjacent highly polished surfaces and for preserving parting lines); repeatability over multiple parts/molds – cavity #1 matches cavity #200; minimizes or removes the need for pre-texture surface polishing in many cases; digital process – see the pattern mapped on the CAD model prior to texturing.

Benefits of engraving with laser: improved quality, accuracy and repeatability; preserves parting lines; protects highly polished surfaces; creates crisp details and/or highly organic forms; allows for multi-dimensional features – including textures/features at different levels.

Benefits of micro-machining with laser: micron level accuracy; machine very hard materials and virtually any material – tool steels, stainless steels, precious metals, sapphire, glass, plastics, ceramics, etc.; machine without HAZ; machine through coatings without compromising coating integrity; and so on.

 

Does PT offer value-added services?

Yes! We are a service company that can adapt to a variety of needs. If your application requires additional pre or post-laser processes bring it to the table as part of the discussion.