Welcome to Ashford Lasers!
Ashford Lasers (previously known as Laser Inspired Designs) is an award winning laser cutting, engraving and marking service provider.
We are a small, family run company based in the picturesque town of Ashford, in Kent and we pride ourselves on the quality of work we produce, our customer service and the care and enthusiasm we show to each and every client.
We thrive on helping individuals and industries create a whole host of products; and our experience and expertise in the laser industry enables us to provide help and advice on client's projects - in turn, producing prototypes, products and projects confidently and correctly the first time.
Whether your project is a one-off, a prototype, multiple products or large volume orders, our skilled technicians are ready to work with you and create your project.
We strive to provide cost-effective and professional services, whether its laser cutting, laser engraving, laser marking, vinyl cutting or dry-sublimation printing, and offer tailored services to suit most budgets.
Working endlessly over the years to create our little business, we have built up the great reputation it has today. We get excited by the challenges our clients provide and have a positive "can-do" attitude that they love.
We can't wait to see what comes through the door next and hopefully, it'll soon be you and your project.
Ashford Lasers was created to offer laser services to individuals, hobbyists as well as small, medium and large companies in Kent.
We are certainly not the cheapest laser service company, but we do provide a quick, professional service and pride ourselves on the customer care we give.
We've invested in one of the best laser machines in the industry; we source the best materials (which again, are not cheap) and we love what we do!
Laser Inspired Designs was formed in 2013 and we changed the name to Ashford Lasers in 2018. We are a small family run business which was originally set up to design, create and sell personalised gifts. However, we found more and more clients were asking for us to laser cut something out, laser engrave a product and marking services, so we added these to our portfolio.
The services part of the business took over, so we gave Laser Inspired Designs a new name and re-branded to Ashford Lasers. Our personalised gifts were side-lined until 2021, during the COVID-19 pandemic, when our sister company, The Little Gift Cabin, was set up to carry on with designing and creating personalised gifts. We've invested in more technology, including a sublimation printer, heat press and a large vinyl cutter – so we are able to offer different services to work alongside the laser.
WHAT WE DO
Our laser services include cutting, engraving and marking; vinyl cutting and dry-sublimation printing are new services we're extremely pleased to add to our portfolio.
We assist clients with creating the correct artwork for any of our laser services, as getting artwork correctly laser-ready can be overwhelming.
Our services don't end with the laser process; we also offer final assembly and fabrication services to our clients should it be required.
Our high-tech laser cutting machine is from the Trotec family; who are highly regarded as the leaders in laser technology. We believe we have one of the best and most precise lasers in the industry, allowing us to give our clients one of the best and most precise laser services in Kent.
We can laser cut and engrave sheets of material and laser engrave/mark products too.
Our maximum cutting area is 600 x 300mm and products should be no deeper than 132mm, to fit into the laser machine.
Our maximum laser cutting thickness is 10mm – depending on the material.
Recently added to our equipment, we've invested in a dry-sublimation printer, a heat press with cup and cap accessories and a vinyl cutter with a maximum cutting area of 300 x 3000mm.
MATERIALS WE WORK WITH
Laser cutting, engraving and marking can be done on a wide range of materials including acrylics, wood, MDF, paper/card, laminates, textiles, leather, foam and a load more.
Our specialities include laser cutting and engraving acrylics and wood (incl. MDF, veneers and solid), laser cutting paper/card, laser engraving glass, and laser marking anodized metals and stainless steel.
Printing onto apparel including t-shirts, hoodies and caps, we can also print onto mugs, cups, bottles and more.
Many types of vinyl can be cut on our vinyl cutter – offering a wide range of applications.
MATERIALS WE DON’T WORK WITH
We cannot laser cut any PVC or materials containing PVC as the cutting process gives off toxic gases which are dangerous to our health and the machine.
We do not have the ability to laser cut any metals.
We care about the environment immensely. Our laser machines are from the Trotec family who manufacture lasers to very strict Austrian environmental laws.
We also have sixteen solar panels at our studio, so we can operate our machines ecologically and supper efficiently.
The materials, in particular our wood materials, are sourced with suppliers who carry the TTF, FSC or PEFC accreditations. Other materials are eco-friendly sourced where possible.
OUR OTHER WEBSITE
Our sister company - The Little Gift Cabin – is a little personalised gift shop with lovely gifts for any occasion. Products are designed, created and sold by us through our sister company website.
HOW IT WORKS
We've tried to make our process as easy as possible for you to design your project and for us to create it.
When we receive your quote request and artwork, we will get back to you with a quote; or we may need to request more information so we can work out a quote.
We'll check your artwork, request payment and confirm your order.
We'll prepare the material and configure the laser settings to produce your project. Once completed, we'll check the quality, clean up and assemble (if required).
DISPATCH & DELIVERY
Your project will be quality checked and packed in suitable packaging ready for dispatch (or if local we can arrange an appointment for collection).