Laser Cutting

Laser Cutting is a thermal process used typically for industrial manufacturing that involves the cutting or engraving of materials such as wood, plastic, metals and other materials with a precise high powered laser beam.

To cut through materials the laser beam essentially melts away the area it is focused on, the powerfulness of the laser makes it possible to cut through even the strongest of materials. The process is highly accurate with the ability to trim complicated shapes and is more cost effective than other processes.

The Different type of Laser Cutting we offer includes Gas Laser Cutting.

FAQs

How Does Laser Cutting Work?

To begin with a focused and precise Laser Beam pierces the material to create a hole on the edge, using this hole the beam then begins to run through the material smoothly and accurately melting away the material it is focused on until it gets to the end.

What are the Advantages of Using a Laser Cutter?

There are a number of advantages to using a laser cutter, such as it can be used to cut nearly all materials, can cut through a variety of materials through varying thicknesses, is precise and accurate and is more cost effective than most other processes.

Laser Cutting vs Plasma Cutting

Both laser cutting and plasma cutting offer their own unique advantages, laser cutting, for example, has low distortion while plasma cutting is a more cost-effective solution. Both processes include CAD/CAM integration and are able to replicate parts to a high quality standard.

A big advantage that separates laser cutting from plasma cutting is the fact that plasma cutting is a quicker process and reduces lead times however laser cutting has the ability to perform intricate cutting tasks.

When It comes to choosing between the two processes it depends on the industry. For businesses within the construction industry, for example, both processes are suitable, however for industries that require more intricate metalwork laser cutting should be the preferred choice.

What Materials can be Cut with a Laser Cutter?

A laser cutting machine is able to cut a wide variety of materials including Wood, Glass, Plastic, different kinds of metals such as Steel, Titanium, reflective metals and Gemstones such as diamond. Meaning even the strongest of materials can be cut.

What Materials Should Not be Cut with a Laser Cutter?

There are some materials that cannot be processed with a Laser Cutter, this is because these materials will create dangerous gases or dust. These include Leather, Carbon Fibers, Polyvinyl chloride, Polyvinyl butyrale, Beryllium Oxide, any materials containing halogens (fluorine, chlorine, bromine, iodine, and astatine)

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Different Types Of Laser Cutting

Gas Laser Cutting

One of the types of Laser Cutting we offer is Gas Laser Cutting. More commonly known as CO2 Laser Cutting, this process involves electrically stimulating a carbon dioxide mixed laser. When first invented gas laser cutting wasn’t anywhere near powerful enough to cut through metals. Whilst now still being better suited to non-metals the advancement of technology has allowed for the cutting of metals. The use of nitrogen allows the process to work well with metals such as steel and aluminium.

Gas Laser cutting has a wavelength of 10.6 micrometres and is most commonly used for sectors such as industrial and medical.

Fibre Lasers

Another type of Laser Cutting is Fibre Lasers. A high powered laser is focused on the surface of the particular material which then absorbs the laser and converting it to heat which melts the material. It has a much longer service life than gas laser cutting at 25,000 hours. It’s cost-effective because very little maintenance is needed and if any replacement parts are required, they are very Inexpensive.

The high powered beam of a fibre laser means that it can be used to cut through a wide range of metals including stainless steel. The power output can be specified depending on the material being cut starting from 500w.

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