LASER CUTTING ADVANTAGES

Advantages of Laser Cutting

Laser cutting is extremely helpful especially when it comes to metal fabrication projects. The fabricator uses different methods to cut metal and laser cutting is one of the most popular and advanced methods.

Many fabricators prefer laser cutters because it helps them make precise cuts at unmatched speeds.

What do you need to know about laser cutting?

Unmatched Precision

Laser cutting is known for its unmatched precision. The cutter can be programmed to perform complicated and elaborate cuts and produce shapes that have a high level of accuracy.

With laser cutting, you can make a smooth edge and clean finish. You don’t have to worry about excess debris that would lead to rough cuts because everything that’s in the path of the laser will either be melted, vaporised, or burned.

Because of this level of accuracy, high-quality parts are created and it will help cut back on the waste during the production, too. Since laser cutters could develop parts that are extremely accurate, they’re one of the top choices when it comes to cutting parts that require being precise.

Shorter Lead Times

Aside from making precise cuts, laser cutting is a very fast procedure. They cut rapidly even if it involves working with thick materials. Laser cutting is a perfect option for both small and large scale projects.

It shortens the required production time by cutting back on the amount of time needed to cut different types of materials. Laser cutting also boosts fabrication efficiency.

Flexibility

Laser cutting doesn’t need a change of tools to create different cuts. This type of setup is perfect for projects that require cutting different types of shares that have the same material thickness. Laser cutting can also take on intricate cuts at a fast rate.

Automation

Laser cutting minimizes the need for manpower. The machine used to get the job done only needs to be operated by a few people. Since there’s minimal manual labour involved, you’ll be cutting back on your operational costs compared to using other types of cutting methods.

Less Waste

Laser cutting uses as much sheet material as possible. It will nest cut properly, which means you can make use of all the usable parts of the sheet material. Having said that, you’ll get to cut back on the overall cost of your project. Given that it promotes higher use of the sheet material, you’ll be left with less waste.

Minimal To No Warping or Damage

Many people think that laser cutting can lead to warping and distortion. This is incorrect. The area that’s affected by heat during a laser cutting procedure is minimal, which means little to no possibility of damage or warping.

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Low Power Consumption

Laser cutting uses energy. But since it doesn’t have any other moving parts, unlike other cutting tools, your equipment won’t use a huge amount of energy.

Cutting Versatility

Laser cutting is extremely versatile. It can be used in different tasks aside from cutting different types of materials. Lasers can also be used for marking, drilling, engraving, and more. A laser can cut almost any type of material from wood, textile, copper, and aluminium.

High Productivity

High travel speeds, as well as deep penetration, helps make laser cutting a productive option. The machines used can cut up to 10 metres per minute, which means boosting your productivity rate. Since it involves a non-contact process, the loading and unloading time is also minimised.

Consistency

Aside from versatility and flexibility, laser cutting creates precise cuts, which means the results are consistent. It can be programmed in such a way that the same cuts are made as many times as possible. You will get consistency in your fabrication project. You can create multiple copies of a certain product and be sure that each copy comes out exactly the same. 

For more information on laser cutting, make sure to check out our Beginner’s guide.

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