The best metal laser cutter near you

Metal Laser Cutting

Lasers are used to cut a wide variety of materials. Metals are among the most common of them. There are hundreds of different metals each serving different purposes for each industry. Hence it is important to employ an efficient method such as a metal laser cutter. Whether it’s laser cut steel, laser cut aluminium or carbon steel laser cutting, edges are finished with precise quality, without the need for further deburring or grinding.

Laser cutting comes in three forms; gas, crystal and fiber. Gas cutting involves using carbon dioxide/nitrogen mixtures and stimulating these mixtures via electricity. Earlier versions of gas-based methods were not able to laser cut metals. Though, over time the technology progressed that it’s now possible to do so. But gas lasers also come with the risk of damaging metals if you’re not careful. If the gas is not completely pure, it might cause the metal to oxidise. Additionally, gas lasers are not ideal for reflective metals. 

Crystal cutting primarily uses neodymium-doped yttrium aluminium garnet (nd:YAG) and neodymium-doped yttrium ortho-vanadate (nd:YVO) crystals. These enable high powered laser cutting and work particularly well for thick metals. Compared to gas and crystal, fiber laser cutting is relatively new. The biggest advantage here is that fiber lasers offer a longer service life than the other two methods. Though when it comes to cutting thick metals, gas lasers cut quicker than fiber lasers whereas it’s the other way round for thin metals.


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Metal laser cutter methods

In addition to the different forms there are also a variety of methods that involve laser cutting including 2D laser cutting, 3D laser cutting and rotary laser cutting to name a few. In 2D laser cutting, a series of mirrors and lenses direct a high energy light beam into the cutting surface of the material. When struck, the beam would melt and evaporate the metal underneath the surface. Any residue is blown away from the cut with a gas stream. This type of laser cutting is also known as flat sheet or profile cutting. In metal cutting services, these are used for sheet metal laser cutting operations. 

3D laser cutting offers more options in terms of the cutting material. As the name implies, this is a multi-axis cutting process and can be used to cut many different shapes of metal materials ranging from tubes, angles, beams, and the likes.

Alternately, rotary laser cutting offers a variation from other forms of drilling, sawing, and punching. This helps cut tubes and profiles into sections in one clamping operation, and produces recesses and contours with greater accuracy.


Custom metal laser cutting in Melbourne

Regardless of the method, a metal laser cutter includes mild steel up to 20mm, carbon steel up to 20mm as well as alloy and tool steel. Steels that are known as conventionally difficult to machine can be laser cut regardless of their hardness.

At Advanced Cutting Technology, any one of the company’s three 2D laser cutting machines is capable of cutting designs with ease. From laser cut stainless steel to the best aluminium alloy for laser cutting, these can be transformed into any two dimensional  or three dimensional form possible. The company’s specialist 3D laser cutting technology also offers a superior service equipped with a six-axis system. Capabilities of 3D laser cutting at Advanced Cutting Technology further includes Countersinking, Bevel Edge Cutting and Scalloping. 

Advanced Cutting Technology is also equipped with a dedicated rotary laser cutting machine. This allows for slots, junctions or shapes cut from a tube to be accurate and convenient. Rotary laser cutting is ideal for settings such as construction, housing and furniture applications. These industries often require holes, slots, key ways or angles for assemblies and flush fitting joints.

Our custom metal cutting services are not limited to cutting metals. Our skilled services also extend to other materials such as acrylic, wood, composites, rubber and other materials.

With over 40 years of experience in laser cutting, our team of experts will be sure to deliver a premium quality laser cutting service. Get in touch with us today.