Understanding the Basics of Laser Cutting – Could You Benefit from These Services?

by | Nov 5, 2014 | Business

Do you have galvanised steel, aluminium or another type of metal that needs cutting or customising? If so, don’t hesitate to get in touch with a laser cutting professional. A metalworker with laser profiling experience will be able to handle jobs of all sizes. They will be able to cut metal to a wide variety of thicknesses, and will be able to assist with large batch and one-off orders. Whether it’s an ornamental decoration or metal table that you require these services for, you should learn the basics before finding a reliable company.

The Function
Machine punching holes is a big part of the laser cutting process. Also known as the CNC/Turret process, it involves piercing small holes around the outline of a CAD drawing, which is taken from electronic data. When you hire a laser cutter you can present your drawings before the process begins and the professional will prepare the metal with the use of a CNC/Turret machine. Once this stage has been completed, designs and features can be added to the material, before a laser beam with a power of 1,000-2,000 watts cuts through the surface, melting the punched holes as it moves.

The Benefits
There are numerous reasons why someone may want to hire a laser cutter, from the fine tolerance finish to the accuracy the laser can achieve. Unlike a blade that is used for cutting, the laser beam will be much more precise and will not wear out. The process does not involve any physical contact, and this means that the chances of cutting contamination are very low. Cross-contamination could occur if mechanical blades are used, which explains why so many manufacturing plants and businesses around the world are turning to the high-powered laser beam for their metal cutting needs.

Materials for Laser Cutting
Stainless steel and carbon steel are the two most common types of metal used for laser cutting. Strong and corrosion-resistant, these metals don’t reflect light as much as copper alloys and aluminium, which can be harder to cut. The exit diameter is usually smaller than the entry diameter. If metal is not used, the cut edges of a material that can be treated with heat will be case-hardened. Hardening may be an issue if threading is required, so it’s important to choose your material wisely.

Laser cutting is just one of many metalwork services offered by the team of experienced fabricators at SAMS Fabrications. To learn more about their services, call 07786214039.

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