FAQs

What does Providence Texture (PT) do?

Our core services include 5-axis CNC laser texturing, engraving, machining and marking of injection, blow and die cast molds; die stamps; and directly on manufactured ‘end product’ parts.

We also provide design services to help you find your perfect pattern, modify an existing selection or develop a proprietary pattern of your own.

What process does PT use for its core services?

Our only process is laser ablation with 5-axis CNC lasers – energy is our tool for removing or marking material.

Is your laser process a replacement to (die sink) EDM or Milling small feature machining?

No, not at all. By and large, our laser process is complimentary to both EDM and Milling.

Where laser machining stands out from milling is when it comes to creating mold/part features that an end mill cannot reach, or reach without great effort. Small end mills are expensive and running them can be a time consuming process, eating up valuable machine time.

Laser machining may also save time and money compared to die sink EDM, which can require several electrodes for a single small feature. In addition to buying the electrode material, they need to be set up and machined, adding to both the cost and timeline of a project. And, if a feature is close to another surface, it may be difficult or impossible to burn.

If the laser has good line of sight and a safe working distance to the machining area (generally between 100 to 300 mm), then laser machining can be the most affordable and efficient of the processes.

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.

Can PT manage large programs with high volumes of molds or parts?

Yes! With our integrated automation, we can manage projects from a single part up into the thousands, 24/7, all day and night.

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

No, textures that are generally made by conventional acid-etching methods are competitively priced – with similar or faster turnaround times.

 

Are there distinct benefits of the laser process over conventional chemical methods?

Yes!  One of the biggest benefits is the absence of sand blasting – particularly helpful when engraving adjacent highly polished surfaces and for preserving parting lines.

  • 5-axis laser ablation ensures improved quality, reliability, accuracy and repeatability
  • preserves parting lines
  • protects highly polished surfaces
  • removes the need for pre-texture surface polishing in some cases
  • make crisp geometric engravings
  • engrave structures at the micron level with control
  • cost-neutral compared to conventional chemical processes.

Additionally, there is reliability through verification – see the pattern mapped on the CAD model digitally prior to engraving.

 

Does PT offer value-added services?

Yes! In addition to our laser services, we offer 3D scanning services. We can help with:

  • CAD model to machined mold or part deviation comparison
  • reverse engineering
  • surface roughness analysis
  • texture and engraving verification and more…