November 9, 2016

What is Laser Cutting?

Laser cutting is a process in which a high-powered, precise laser beam is used to cut or engrave wood, plastic, metal and other materials.

Here, we take a look at applications where laser cutting services may be an ideal solution and consider its many design and practical benefits.   

 

How does laser cutting work?
Computer-aided design (CAD) can assist with design and drafting of the parts or products, resulting in lower product development costs. CAD and computer-controlled software operating modern laser cutters is also a bonus, as this technology can easily cut out intricate shapes.

Fibre optic laser cutters have an increased cutting speed (typically twice as fast) and cut quality over conventionally used CO2 lasers. In addition, they’re more economically friendly as they can save 70% on electricity and 45% on gas, while efficiency is improved by 200% compared to a standard CO2 cutter. This in turn saves on running costs.

At Salamander Fabrications, the Bystronic 3Kw BySprint Fiber and 6Kw Bystar Fiber laser cutters allow for unmanned running, enabling flexibility and efficient sheet metal laser cutting that’s environmentally friendly too.

Where is laser cutting used?
The possibilities are endless when it comes to laser cutting. It is typically used for industrial manufacturing purposes – rail infrastructure and in the medical sector, for example. However, it can also be used for more custom and bespoke laser cutting such as signs and gifts. Laser cutters are designed to precisely etch and cut through materials like mild steel, stainless steel, aluminium, copper and brass. Depending on your unique fabrication requirements, there are four processes you can use a laser cutter for – vector cutting, vector engraving, raster engraving and 3D laser engraving.

What are the advantages of laser cutting?
There are endless advantages to using fibre optic laser cutting – the main one being it can precisely and accurately cut through the chosen material, resulting in a concise and neat finish due to the ultrafine beam. Furthermore, laser cutting allows you to fabricate more complex designs which enables you to be more innovative.   

Find out more about Salamander’s custom metal laser cutting or arrange to visit the factory and see our state-of-the-art machinery in action.

Share this story

Recent Articles

Archives