Speaking of that last one, an Italian company is using a laser to create bends not for wood, but square stock metal tubing. Check out the flyness created by Taglio Laser:
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While they're targeting customers who want to built chassises and structures, I want to see furniture and experimental bike frames made this way. Do you think there are any production efficiencies to be gained by making the cuts, leaving the stock straight, and shipping it to a far-off welding and assembly facility closer to the end user market?