Advantages / Disadvantages of Laser Cutting


Laser cutting has many benefits when it comes to production of parts and products.

● Capable of cutting many materials and thicknesses
● Cutting narrow kerf widths, which promotes efficient part nesting, yielding better sheet utilization and material savings
● Fast
● Easily and accurately repeatable
● Reliable
● Reduced time for set-up with the ability to react and adapt quickly to changing production needs that are market or quantity driven
● Efficient processing, as multiple jobs or parts can be nested and cut in a single program
● No secondary clean up process required for most materials, and is usually ready for immediate shipment


While some disadvantages to laser cutting exist, the benefits far outweigh the downsides. And in most cases, Mainstay mitigates these disadvantages:

● High power consumption – Mainstay continually invests in new equipment to utilize the latest technologies available
● Can be expensive vs. like processes (plasma or water-jet cutting)
● Rate of production depends on the material – Mainstay utilizes high wattage lasers to keep cutting speeds high, even for thicker materials
● Poorly adjust lasers can cause burning – Mainstay has years of experience and modern technology to minimize this
● Difficulty cutting reflective metals (like copper, brass, and sometimes aluminum) – while our lasers cannot cut copper or brass, we are able to cut aluminum with excellent edge quality and high cutting speeds

Mainstay has many years of experience with laser cutting. Our years of experience in the market allow us to know if laser cutting is the right solution for you. We focus on finding businesses that need a fabrication and metal cutting partner that is going to provide them with a great product and great service.