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Aluminium, copper, bronze, brass, stainless steel with a mirror polish. What do these metals have in common? First, they are all known as ‘exotic’ metals that are used in a wide variety of industries. They are also highly reflective materials that present a challenge to fabricators who use lasers to process these metals.

Traditional CO2 laser technology uses mirrors to generate the laser beam, and the reflection caused with ‘exotic’ materials can lead to issues with cut quality, and damage to highly expensive laser equipment.

Thanks to fibre laser technology we are now delighted to be offer laser cutting of brass, copper, and bronze.

Fibre lasers offer a cost-effective and fast method of cutting thin sheets of reflective material.  As their name suggests, fibre lasers use fibre-optic cables rather than traditional CO2 lasers that use gas and mirrors to generate a laser beam. Creation of the light beam is 200 per cent more efficient than via a traditional CO2 laser.

As there are no mirrors, the reflective nature of aluminium, brass, and copper pose little danger to equipment, meaning it is safer and quicker to set up.

The popularity of laser-cutting exotic materials is on the increase for architectural, decorative, fit-out, and electronic purposes alike.

Hutchinson Engineering

Hutchinson Engineering is one of the UK and Ireland’s leading sub contract laser and metal fabrication companies. Operating from a 60,000 square foot state-of-the-art production facility, they offer their customers the complete in house engineering solution. Hutchinson Engineering services include laser cutting, angle and tube cutting, steel bending and folding, fabrication, finishing, as well as product development and design.

Hutchinson Engineering is a high quality supplier of laser cutting, folding, fabrication, kitting and design services, which uses state of the art 3D design software and the most modern laser technology available. Established in 1971, the company is a medium sized, family run business which has developed into one of Northern Ireland’s leading Sub-Contract Laser cutting and fabrication companies.


Hutchinson Engineering offers laser cutting and fabrication services to operators in numerous sectors and works with global elite companies. The firm offers customers operating in the aerospace, agriculture, construction, energy and transport sectors the complete engineering solution. As well as being a full service fabrication and laser cutting provider, Hutchinson Engineering also offers customers folding and finishing services.

Laser Precision

The company’s customers demand accuracy and laser technology allows Hutchinson Engineering to work to tight tolerances and deliver rapid cutting speeds without sacrificing quality.

Laser cutting capabilities include;
• Mild steel
• Stainless steel
• Aluminium
• Hardox
• Chequer plate

3D tube laser capabilities include;
• Mild Steel Box, Angle, Pipe, and Channel
• Stainless Steel Box, Angle, Pipe, and Channel
• Aluminium Box, Angle, Pipe, and Channel

Fabrication and Folding

Hutchinson Engineering employs a range of state-of-the-art fabrication equipment for precision metal folding and bending. With high tolerances and flexibility, a broad range of materials can be formed to meet specific requirements.


Hutchinson Engineering can further enhance your products through quality metal finishing techniques. The company employs a finishing machine to polish stainless steel, mild steel and aluminium to provide high quality finishes and can advise on the most appropriate finish for each product.

Hutchinson Engineering also offer;
• Powder Coating
• Zinc Passivation
• Galvanising
• Wet Spraying

All in one Engineering Solution Provider

Additionally, Hutchinson Engineering offers complete design development consultancy including conceptual design, working drawings and stress analysis through their sister company, H360. The firm doesn’t just design your product – it takes it from concept to full production, with the ability to help customers at any stage of the process, whether you have an initial design concept or not. The company are able to design a prototype that works, refine the design to be more efficient and cost-effective and finally manufacturing it at our purpose-built facility.
Hutchinson Engineering aims to be at the forefront of technology, investing substantially in the latest state of the art laser cutting, folding and welding machinery as well as 2D and 3D CAD systems in order to maximise the hardware available.

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