Laser cutting typically uses high-powered CO2 lasers to cut intricate and detailed designs from a variety of materials. These machines don’t come into contact with the material—preserving the material’s integrity—and are automated for precision and replication. Laser cutting often decreases time spent on finishing the piece after being cut since the laser hardens the edges.
Aluminum is often cut with lasers on anything from sheet metal to appliances to hydraulic tubes to pressure vessels. Cutting machines typically require special modifications for cutting aluminum since the metal is light-reflective and heat-conductive, making the use of lasers more difficult than if cutting steel. Because of aluminum’s reflective nature, sometimes other cutting methods are preferred, but if precision is needed, laser cutting is the best option.
If you have any questions about laser cutting aluminum or any other materials, contact Mainstay. We can find the best solution for your aluminum cutting needs.