Laser cutting has significant advantages over alternative metal cutting methods, providing the precision and power that helps modern metal fabricators produce results on an unprecedented scale! It is one of the most basic and widely used processes in metal fabrication today, and as the technology is constantly developing it will only continue to offer more benefits as time moves on.
There are a wide variety of materials which can be laser cut, with numerous benefits over alternative cutting methods. Below are some of these advantages:
- The process is fast and reliable which improves turnaround times.
- Relatively energy efficient.
- Non-ferrous metals can be cut with ease.
- Suitable for a range of thicknesses (from 0.55mm to 30mm).
- Complex shapes can be cut with precise detail.
Cut edge quality
Traditionally, plasma or water cutting were seen as more cost effective than laser cutting, but they do not provide anything like the quality of a laser cut edge. With improvements in technology, efficiency, and power, these traditional cutting methods have become far less valuable compared to laser cutting.
Laser cutting has less heat distortion, is cleaner and quicker than traditional methods meaning there is less work to do after the parts have been cut.
Faster cutting and turnaround times
A laser cutting machine typically does not require complex tooling or setups. The operator can switch between different material types and/or thicknesses simply by selecting the appropriate settings on the machine and changing the nozzle to suit. This low initial setup time can make the overall process of cutting the parts a lot quicker than other methods.
There is also less clean up required on the parts after cutting. If the machine is set up correctly and cutting nicely, parts can often be taken directly to the next process without the need for deburring.
ES3 Laser Cutting Services
There are clear advantages in laser cutting, enabling cost-effective solutions with precise results. With ES3’s world class machinery and experience, the possibilities for metal fabrication are endless. We are continuing to invest in our people, in machinery and technology to provide you with the engineering solutions you need.
Our team can support you with small batches or large production runs, so if you are interested in using laser cutting for your next project, please get in touch with our team at email@example.com to see how we can help bring your designs to life.