Laser cutting has become increasingly popular over recent years for a number of different industries.
This is because it is an adaptable process that can be used for many purposes, as well as on a variety of different materials.
When the laser comes into contact with your chosen material, it essentially melts the material rather than cutting it, which gives the process a high level of versatility. You are able to use special lenses to add even more focus to the laser beam which means you can cut materials ranging from soft cloth to tough metals; laser cutters can take on almost any material.
The laser cutting process allows you to have complete control over factors such as beam intensity, temperature and length of output, which ultimately gives you extreme accuracy. You have the choice between a pulsed laser beam, where the laser is delivered in bursts, or a continuous wave laser beam which is delivered continuously.
Some of the processes that laser cutting machines can perform are:
Laser Cutting – Trimming down a material or cutting it into complex shapes.
Laser Drilling – Creating dents or holes through the material.
Laser Marking – A mark being made on the surface of the material.
Laser Engraving – Similar to laser marking, but the mark is made a lot deeper in the material.
The three main types of laser cutters include:
CO2 Laser Cutter – A gas laser made up of an electrically stimulated, carbon dioxide mixture; mainly used for non-metal materials.
Crystal Laser Cutter – As the name suggests, it uses two different crystals which have the same wavelength as fibre lasers meaning they can be used for both metals and non-metals.
Fibre Laser Cutter – The most common laser cutter, this beam is created using a ‘seed laser’ but is then intensified using glass fibres; they can also be used for both metals and non-metals.
Is your company looking to invest in a laser cutter? With many capabilities and wide versatility, we are sure it will soon become a staple piece of machinery in your production.