Lasers might be prevalent in science fiction movies, but what many people don’t realize is that they have very practical, real-world uses. These powerful tools are used in fields of all kinds and are generally available for anyone interested in making their projects more accurate. Instead of using more traditional methods, consider using laser cutting for your next metal fabrication endeavor.
This technology makes for an efficient and effective choice for cutting steel, stainless, and aluminum. The process is generally inexpensive and extremely precise. Our laser-cutting equipment is capable of positioning tolerances +/- 0.004” and repeatability +/- 0.001”. With sheet sizes up to 60” x 120”, thicknesses up to 1” for steel, .750” for aluminum and stainless steel, we can accommodate most part requirements. Laser cutting also does not come into direct contact with the materials, thereby reducing unexpected scratches or other damages.
Laser Cutting Efficiencies
Because lasers work by firing a highly concentrated beam of photons onto a specific area, you can expect very accurate, customizable cuts. Lasers are particularly effective at cutting varieties of steel, from stainless steel to carbon steel and anything in between, because the metal is not particularly reflective or heat-conductive. If you are working with a reflective metal, like aluminum or copper, or a conductive type of metal, like iron (along with being reflective metals, aluminum and copper are also great heat conductors), extra steps can be taken to ensure that you get the cuts you need.
There are a few other often overlooked advantages of using laser cutting. If you are looking for increased durability in your metal, laser cutting might be an asset. If you are using laser cutting on a thermally-treated metal, the heat from the laser may harden the edges of the cut. As such, you can enjoy the advantages of increased durability where your metal has been cut. Keep in mind that this hardening will limit the machining you can do to the material afterwards, so it might not be the best option if you are interested in post-cut threading or other procedures.
As a relatively new technology, lasers are constantly being researched and improved. We expect the usage, efficiency, and overall understanding of laser cutting materials to only improve as time passes. If you are interested in accessing the advantages of laser cutting, contact us today to learn more about the process and its possibilities.