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Special Feature: Processing Patterns by Cutting

Thanks for dropping by! It's Head of Operations, Mr. Sugita here.

Because of our focus on prototyping, we often receive inquiries like, "Is it even possible to process this idea I have?"

In order to answer this, we wanted to try some new techniques to see if we could achieve similar outcomes. Let's look at traditional knurling/stamping versus making similar patterns by cutting.

Commercially produced patterned acrylic boards are different. When we use a cutter to pattern, we have more options for materials and thickness. In turn, we can find cost savings when making individual items.

The Test

The top left (1) piece is the commercial example, the right piece (2) was done with an in-house cutter. There is a clear difference in the patterns.

The Process

We made our own cutter based on the commercial cutter.

The Outcome

Here is the final pattern!

With this project, hand processing and machining are blended together to create a flexible style for bringing designs to life. Every day we challenge ourselves to get creative with different processing methods.

Here at Sanken Inc, we want to bring your projects to life, even if they're still a twinkle in your eyes. If you've been turned down before, why not give us a try?

Don't hesitate to request a quote, shoot us an email, or connect with us on social media.

Original post on 1/13/2021 (Japanese)

Translated by Sarah Shelnutt


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