Times, however, are changing. Laser cutting machines are gaining traction among manufacturers looking for better edge quality, automation and speed.
Frank Arteaga, head of product management for laser-cutting producer Bystronic, says laser-cutting devices are getting both more precise and more affordable as the technology for the machines gets better.
"More and more people are getting away from punch presses," Arteaga says. "They're entering a world where laser cutters are getting more affordable and produce better products."
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