Photographs of the Sparks from a Laser Cutter

Photographs of the Sparks from a Laser Cutter

Thursday January 29, 2015

The Magic of Manufacturing

Having spent the majority of my career in engineering and manufacturing, getting an opportunity to photograph some of the processes and operations is always a pleasure.  I regularly work with Bunting Magnetics Europe Ltd, a designer and manufacturer of Magnets, Magnetic Assemblies and Magnetic Separators based in Berkhamsted in Hertfordshire.  During a visit in December, I took the opportunity to take some photographs to highlight that this is a full-on manufacturing operation.

After photographing welding, I moved onto the Laser Cutter.  This was visibly exciting, with sparks showering out from the intense laser light burning through sheet steel.  The laser head darted back and forth, following a pre-programmed path as it sliced through the metal sheet.  I took a range of photographs, displayed in colour and in black & white.  Also, I have written a separate blog on the benefits of using a Laser Cutter, which can be read on their WordPress site.

On LinkedIn over the past few days, I have seen a number of discussions around getting young people interested in the manufacturing sector.  It is a growing problem and when I was Managing Director of a South Wales engineering company I experienced, first hand, the challenges of engaging the youth.  We took on apprentices, who turned out to be fantastic and hopefully that started a long career in manufacturing.

Hopefully, showing off the manufacturing processes with photographs and video will ignite the imagination of youngsters and encourage more interest in seeking a career in an industry that is the core of any economy.

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