Material Specifications for Laser Cutting
Laser Cutting of Metals
Of all the thermal cutting processes, lasers have the least thermal affect on metals. Laser cut edges are finished quality, without the need for further deburring or grinding. Metals ideally cut with laser are: mild steel up to 20mm, carbon steel up to 20mm as well as alloy and tool steel. Steels conventionally difficult to machine can be laser cut regardless of their hardness.
Laser Cutting of Organics (Plastics)
The intense heat source of the laser breaks down the polymer chains of plastic to provide fast, accurate cutting. In acrylics, laser cutting provides a very clean mirror finished edge that requires no further work.
Laser Cutting of Composites
Lightweight fibre reinforced polymers are difficult to machine with conventional cutting tools and the non-contact cutting properties of the laser are more readily suited to them.
Laser Cutting of Rubber
The laser quickly vaporises both natural gum and synthetic rubber in thickness up to 19mm allowing precise laser cutting for items such as gaskets.
Laser Cutting of Wood
Timber, plywood and particle board all have advantages when cut with the efficiency of a laser.
Plus Laser Cutting of:
Cardboard, leather, paper – the possibilities for laser cutting are as broad as the human imagination.
Test laser cuts for the establishment of edge finish are free of charge.
Quotes consist of a programme charge and a laser cutting charge. The scale of charge varies according to the volume of work and the term of the period of the order.