Laser cutting is a type of technology that allows a targeted laser to cut through materials. It is commonly used in many different manufacturing and industrial facilities.
What is Laser Cutting?
Laser cutting uses a targeted laser to cut and shape materials. The laser is directed by a programmed computer. The laser will burn, melt or simply blow away leaving a professional looking straight-finish. Laser cutting allows for the material to be cut in many different shapes and sizes. Laser cutting is often used on ceramic, metal, glass, plastic and wood. There are three different types of lasers used including the CO2 laser, laser micro-jets and laser generators. The laser beam uses electrical discharge in a closed container. It then uses a reflected mirror to create enough energy to stream a coherent light. The mirrors direct the light to a lens. Different types of lasers are used depending on the material and cut required. CAD programming is often used in laser cutting machines. It requires a skilled programmer to run and operate the laser to ensure that it secure and working properly. The proper safety equipment needs to be worn including goggles, gloves and boots. This will help to protect the body from the powerful laser. Laser beam configurations are based on way that the laser is moved across the material that is supposed to be cut. There are a few different configurations of industrial laser cutting machines including hybrid, moving material and flying optics. Pulsing lasers are also often used for piercing very small holes. It involves a short burst of energy that goes through the surface.
What Industries Use Laser Cutting?
Many different industries use laser cutting. Laser cutters commonly are used to cut sheet metal and piping. They are often used for making new machines and automotive parts in large scale manufacturing warehouses. Laser cutting is also used in scrap yards, steel manufacturers and more.
Lasers allow for a very straight precision cut edge with very few ridges and tearing. This allows for straight smooth finished lines. It is also easier to work with then mechanical cutting. Laser cutting allows the piece of material that is being worked to not get contaminated.