November 9, 2016

What is Laser Cutting?

Laser cutting is a process in which a high-powered laser is used to cut or engrave objects from wood, plastic, metal and other materials. Salamander can apply laser cutting services to metals using the very latest technology.

Advantages of Laser Cutting

There are endless advantages to using fibre optic laser cutting; one being that 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.   

Laser Cutting Process

Computer Aided Design 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 the conventional CO2 lasers. In addition, they’re more economically friendly as they can save 70% on electricity, 45% on gas, and efficiency is improved by 200% compared to a standard CO2 cutter. This works in your favour as it saves you on running costs!

Salamander Fabrications use the brand new Bystronic BySprint Fibre Laser Cutter with a loading system which allows for unmanned running; enabling flexibility and efficient sheet metal laser cutting. This state-of-the-art machine has a cutting range of 3048mm x 1524mm. The maximum sheet metal thickness that can be laser cut is 20mm in mild steel, 15mm in stainless steel and 12mm in aluminium with an accuracy of 0.1mm. Salamander Fabrications can also cut materials such as brass and copper, in addition to the more standard metals.

What can you use Laser Cutting for?

The possibilities are endless when it comes to Laser Cutting. It is typically used for industrial manufacturing purposes; 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 Aluminium, Acrylic, Wood and many more. Depending on your unique fabrications requirements there are four processes which you can use a Laser Cutter for, Vector Cutting, Vector Engraving, Raster Engraving and 3D Laser Engraving.

Salamander Fabrications are able to handle sheet metal laser cutting jobs across Yorkshire, Lancashire, North West, North East and Derbyshire. Contact us for enquiries on sheet metal laser cutting or if you would like to visit our factory

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