Hersham-based Fimark Ltd, a laser engraving, cutting, marking and texturing subcontract specialist – have recently taken delivery of a new, state-of-the-art laser texturing machine.
The machine – an AgieCharmilles LASER P 400U – was installed back in July 2020 and is the second advanced, high-performance 5-axis laser texturing machine from GF Machining Solutions that Fimark has acquired in the last five years: the first being a LASER 1000 5AX machine that was installed in April 2015.
The arrival of the LASER P 400U has not only significantly strengthened the company’s existing laser marking, engraving and etching capabilities but, perhaps more importantly, has also enabled Fimark to further develop and exploit new application opportunities in the relatively new, and emerging, laser 3D texturing (aka laser surface texturing) markets.
Says Charles Dean, Fimark’s managing director:
“Laser texturing is a fully-digitalised surface engineering process that has huge potential.
“The technology enables precise 2D and 3D textures to be machined accurately and directly onto complex parts or moulds/mould inserts – and its application is being investigated, trialled and used by manufacturers across the world serving a diverse range of industry sectors -: automotive, aerospace, medical devices, watch making and jewellery etc., to name but a few.
“We are an innovative company and our ‘early adoption’ of laser texturing technology, achieved through the acquisition of the LASER 1000 5AX and, more recently by our latest LASER P 400U investment, reflects and reinforces our ambition to become and remain a market-leader in this fast-growing specialism.”
Fimark was established in 1997. In the early days the company was primarily focused on providing high-quality laser engraving and marking services to customers.
In 2002 Fimark augmented its original service offering by employing its technical spray painting and laser etching expertise to manufacture back-lit buttons and fascias (used in dashboards/cockpits etc.), for its aerospace and automotive customers.
Through constant investment and improvement in its plant and equipment, and in its systems and processes, (that over the years have included a company relocation in 2006 and the acquisition of its first laser texturing machine in 2015), Fimark has established itself as a ‘go-to’ laser machining technology specialist. The company’s impressive domestic and international list of customers is testament to this.
The full technical specifications of this latest edition to the Fimark inventory and the machine supplier information can be found here.