Laser cutting is a versatile and precise method for cutting patterns and designs into metals and a range of other materials. It offers superior speed, precision and quality of cut compared with other forms of cutting.And while it does require specialised equipment, professional laser cutters are available all over Melbourne.
The process is quick to set up and easy to adjust, allowing you to affordably create intricate designs, complex contours, metal webbing, laser engraving and high-quality fabrication in a variety of materials.
It’s great for producing bulk production runs or one-off custom designs or prototypes and has the precision to create delicate pieces of jewellery and the capacity to produce heavy manufacturing components.
Whatever your cutting requirements, here are 6 reasons why laser cutting will work for you.
The process produces extremely clean, burr-free edges that require little to no finishing. It also delivers precise cuts to a high tolerance.
Because components are clean and don’t require finishing, it saves you time and money as you can quickly move finished parts onto the next process like assembly or welding.
- High precision and repeatability
Computer-controlled cutting and an extremely focused cutting beam makes for high accuracy and repeatability. Because the process is computer controlled, it eliminates much of the risk of human error.
The process is perfect when you need to create identical components with a very high degree of precision.
- Non-contact cutting process
Since the cutting tool is made of light, the cutting process is non-contact. This is important because it means that the cutting tool does very little damage to the molecular structure of the material that’s being cut, allowing it to retain maximum strength. It also means there is no wear to the cutting beam, which improves cutting precision.
The ultra-fine cutting laser also creates a very small heat-affected zone, which also lessens the chance of damaging the material being cut.
The non-contact cutting process also makes for lower fixture costs and shorter loading and unloading time.
- Minimal wastage
The extreme precision of the beam means kerf widths as small as 0.10 are possible. This minimises material waste and maximises cutting efficiency. The precision of the process also means that you can cut the maximum amount of material out of every sheet, further reducing wastage. The high repeatability and rare instances of cutting error also reduce the potential for error, wasted materials and wasted money.
- Fast and effective
High travel speeds and deep penetration both contribute to high productivity of laser cutting processes. Typical travel speeds for production laser cutting processes are up to 10 metres per minute.
Since there are no retooling costs prototypes can be quickly reprogrammed to easily overcome any potential production problems.
- Works on a range of materials
The process can be used on a wide range of materials including various metals, wood, leather, plastic, paper, stone and many more. So whether you need something cut quickly or with an incredibly high degree of precision, whether you need to quickly machine a single prototype or produce a larger production run, then look into the benefits of laser cutting today.