Laser Cutting Service
At Cutting Technologies we laser cut a huge range of materials, from basic mild steel to aerospace alloys. We have laser cutting equipment which has been specifically designed for a particular material.
A laser beam when focussed to a small point generates a huge amount of heat – hotter than the temperature of the surface of the sun. But just as important as the temperature is the wavelength of the laser beam – there are lots of different types of lasers but only a few are suitable for laser cutting, the others being used for engraving, removing tumours, eye surgery – the list goes on.
Laser cutting works in three different ways –
is a technology that uses a laser
to cut materials, and is typically used for industrial manufacturing applications, but is also starting to be used by schools, small businesses, and hobbyists. Laser cutting
works by directing the output of a high-power laser most commonly through optics. The laser optics
(computer numerical control) are used to direct the material or the laser beam generated. A typical commercial laser for cutting materials involved a motion control system to follow a CNC or G-code
of the pattern to be cut into the material. The focused laser beam is directed at the material, which then either melts, burns, vaporizes away, or is blown away by a jet of gas,
leaving an edge with a high-quality surface finish. Industrial laser cutters are used to cut flat-sheet material as well as structural and piping materials.
Laser cutting is a very flexible process but is not suitable for everything – it’s just another tool in the toolbox. For example, there are limits on the thickness of a material we can laser cut before we run out of power; this depends on the type of material. Also, the level of detail we can achieve varies with the type of material and the thickness.
Explore our site to see the range of materials we laser cut and the type of components we’re doing every day