ABOUT US

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 company based in Ashford, Kent and 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, we are ready to work with you and create your project.

 

We strive to provide cost-effective and professional services, whether that’s laser cutting, laser engraving, laser marking, vinyl cutting, dye-sublimation printing, fabrication or assembly; and offer tailored services to suit.

 

Working endlessly over the years to create our laser business, we have built a successful business and a great reputation. We get excited by the challenges our clients provide and have a positive "can-do" attitude which they love.

 

Every day we can't wait to see what challenges come through the door (or email); hopefully it'll be you and your exciting project.

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OUR ETHOS

Whilst researching what laser machine to purchase back in 2013, we found them to be absolutely fascinating and their limitless capabilities.

 

It's safe to say, we love laser machines. We love a good challenge; we love to see what can be achieved with a client's design; and the sheer delight of the client when they see their design become a reality. It's a great feeling.

 

We're certainly not the cheapest laser service company around – we've invested in one of the best lasers in the industry and we source the best materials (again, not cheap) – but we aim to provide each client with a professional, quick and friendly service and produce an exceptionally high-quality product/project.

 

We have the experience, knowledge and skills; and thrive on producing high volume orders – whether it's just the odd one or thousands of units, we can handle it.

OUR HISTORY

Laser Inspired Designs was formed in 2013; we changed the name in 2018. The company was originally set up to design, create and sell personalised gifts. However as the years went on, we found more and more clients were asking for us to laser cut their ideas, laser engrave their products and laser mark their metals, so we added these services 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, creating and selling personalised gifts.

 

In 2021, we invested in more technology to include a dye-sublimation printer, a heat press and a large vinyl cutter – so now we are able to offer services using this extra technology to work alongside the laser.

OUR FOUNDER
Darren Bentley - Owner of Ashford Lasers
DARREN BENTLEY

Meet Darren – the founder and owner of Ashford Lasers.

 

Starting off in 2013 and with just an afternoon's training in operating the laser, its operating software and digital design, Darren has taught himself how to create the perfect laser settings for each application. With a background in engineering (many, many years ago), Darren has a natural ability to understand the laser machine and its functions, enabling him to create the perfect outcome for our client's projects.

 

Darren is a family man; his wife Sam, sons Ethan and Luca; and dearly loved but sadly departed dogs: Chloe (Westie) and Digger Dog (Cavestie).

 

He has worked tirelessly over the years to create a hugely successful laser business, and with the help and support of Sam, Ethan and Luca, he's manged to create a business he's really proud of – even through the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

In his fairly limited spare time, Darren can often be found relaxing and playing on his Xbox.

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 EQUIPMENT

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.

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 EQUIPMENT

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.

ECO-FRIENDLY 

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.

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WE REMAIN OPEN AS USUAL DURING COVID-19 - PLEASE CONTACT US FOR MORE INFO.