Category: Laser

Once again, Charles Days Invests in the Gamechanger.

Continuous investment has always been key to Charles Day’s success and with their latest addition to the laser fleet, they show no signs of slowing down. 

Having purchased a new Bystronic ByStar 15kw Fibre laser with a cutting bed of 6000mm x 2500mm, it has once again broadened its service offering and bolstered itself as an absolute industry leader. 

From humble beginnings Charles Day founded the business as a specialist flame cutting service in 1976, where its first site consisted of a single machine in a small workshop.  From there it has grown into one of the largest and most diverse specialist cutting providers in the UK having since been an early adopter of laser and waterjet cutting technology.  The company now boasts 6 flatbed lasers, 3 large bed waterjet and 3 flame cutting machines, not to mention a sister company specialising in Tube Laser Cutting

This new laser represents considerable forward thinking and not only opens new opportunities for customers, but it further advances Charles Day’s existing capabilities. 

“The addition of a 15kw laser is a big step forward in Charles Day’s already large capacity and capability offering” said James Day, Operations Director.  “With the ability to cut thicker material [up to 50mm] at such a high speed on this new laser, we also increase the capacity on our existing 5 lasers by focussing material thickness to its most productive machine”.  Charles Days has 5 other lasers consisting of 3 x 6kw and 2 x 10kw on 4000mm x 2000mm cutting beds, allowing for short lead times on projects of all sizes. 

This is the first machine of its kind in the UK and the ability to cut with 15kw of power on such a large cutting bed, means customers will benefit from tighter tolerances on parts up to 6000mm long.  These would otherwise need to be cut using other methods such as Plasma or Flame.    

“Achieving laser tolerances on parts up to 6000mm is a gamechanger” says Sales and Business Development Director Charlie Day.  “Where typically larger and thicker parts are limited to the tolerances of flame and plasma cutting methods [often having to be split and welded together later], this machine will offer customers greater part flexibility at competitive prices whilst maintaining short lead times”. 

Having remained open and fully operational throughout the Covid 19 pandemic, Charles Days continues to prove itself as a major player in the market and one customers can rely on.  With 40+ years of experience, this combination of knowledge and investment is what sets Charles Days apart. 

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Keeping it in the Family

Established by Charles Day in 1977 providing a flame cutting service, Charles Day Steels Ltd has since grown into one of the largest and most diverse family run profile cutting companies in the UK with the next generation now joining the ranks.

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Charles Day takes to the race track

We recently laser cut several integral parts for Sheffield University’s formula racing team, used in the construction of the team’s fastest and most advanced racing car to date. The parts, made from mild steel, stainless and aluminium were used in construction of the chassis (mild steel), chain guard (stainless), fuel tank and wheels (aluminium).

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Aluminium dart wall

We were delighted to see the end result of a project to produce this aluminium curtain or dart wall, which is being used in an office environment. We cut the aluminium with water jet for our customer A W Jeffreys, who fabricated the dart wall from a number of separate panels. The material is 3mm anodized grade aluminium.

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Charles Day hits the catwalk

Charles Day hits the catwalk!

Put aside the industrial images that are conjured up when thinking of the steel profiling industry because we’ve donned our gladrags and have taken to the catwalk!

Okay, so we haven’t literally gone to the catwalk but some of our laser cut profiles have. Earlier in the year we were approached by fashion design student Eleanor O’Connor to become a sponsor of her final collection as part of her final year of studies. Of course we were extremely excited to get involved with an industry that we don’t usually deal with.

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Laser Cut 304 Stainless Steel

Laser Cut Stainless Steel Sculpture

Earlier this year, we were approached by Jewellery and Object student Rebecca Waterfall who required a number of laser cut stainless steel parts to form part of her final project.

Cut from 2mm 304 grade stainless steel, the 190 metal squares each measured 100 x 100mm and featured slots allowing the squares to be interconnected together.

We took time to speak with Rebecca to uncover the inspiration behind her sculpture, as well as understanding how these seemingly regular parts can come together to form a visually striking sculpture.

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