Industrial laser cutter made by Amada Oceania - image by Architectural, Commercial and Industrial Melbourne based photographer Michael Evans - © Michael Evans Photographer 2016 - www.michaelevansphotographer.com

Commercial Industrial Photography In Melbourne…

The following images are from an ongoing commission by Amada Oceania, who contacted me to document their products in operation throughout the factories of their Melbourne customers.

Industrial laser cutter made by Amada Oceania - image by Architectural, Commercial and Industrial Melbourne based photographer Michael Evans - © Michael Evans Photographer 2016 - www.michaelevansphotographer.com
The obligatory welding shot! This frame that is being assembled (after the component parts were laser cut) is for a new Melbourne tram © Michael Evans Photographer 2016

Amada specialise in making industrial laser cutters, and the latest generation of these lasers are able to quickly cut to such an incredibly precise level of detail, that the company fabricating box fireplaces can now produce a precision product in a very time efficient manner.

Industrial laser cutter made by Amada Oceania - image by Architectural, Commercial and Industrial Melbourne based photographer Michael Evans - © Michael Evans Photographer 2016 - www.michaelevansphotographer.com
Programming the laser cutter – © Michael Evans Photographer 2016

The challenge in photographing this particular laser in operation was that I was not allowed in the room during the process, as exposure to the intense light would result in blindness. Also, the entire top assembly and product table move rapidly during the cutting operation, which is carried out in a dark room. Consequently I had to use several flashguns to capture the machinery and illuminate the room, while combining this with a time exposure after setting the camera on a delayed timer (the room being totally sealed I could not run a cable release through to the outside…)

Industrial laser cutter made by Amada Oceania - image by Architectural, Commercial and Industrial Melbourne based photographer Michael Evans - © Michael Evans Photographer 2016 - www.michaelevansphotographer.com
The cutter in operation © Michael Evans Photographer 2016

I often find myself working in less than optimal environments in terms of lighting, so I am always carry a portable flash kit to be able to highlight the product (and in this case the operator).

Industrial laser cutter made by Amada Oceania - image by Architectural, Commercial and Industrial Melbourne based photographer Michael Evans - © Michael Evans Photographer 2016 - www.michaelevansphotographer.com
I actually have two external flash guns helping to illuminate this scene, combined with a time exposure to render the sparks from the laser © Michael Evans Photographer 2016
Industrial laser cutter made by Amada Oceania - image by Architectural, Commercial and Industrial Melbourne based photographer Michael Evans - © Michael Evans Photographer 2016 - www.michaelevansphotographer.com
A close up view of the laser in action © Michael Evans Photographer 2016
Industrial laser cutter made by Amada Oceania - image by Architectural, Commercial and Industrial Melbourne based photographer Michael Evans - © Michael Evans Photographer 2016 - www.michaelevansphotographer.com
Adding some further drama to the image with some coloured gels © Michael Evans Photographer 2016

I always relish the challenge that this type of work provides; my thanks to Jan from Amada Oceania for the opportunity!

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