Which materials can we laser cut?
Laser cutting is excellent at processing many different materials. We’ve listed some of the more common materials below but if you have a specific requirement just ask
Which industries use laser cutting?
Laser cutting is such a flexible manufacturing process it’s difficult to give a comprehensive list, but here’s just a few
What is laser cutting?
Laser cutting is a technology used in industry since the 1970s and uses a laser to cut materials.
How does laser cutting work?
Laser cutting works by melting, burning or vapourising the material, while an assist gas is employed to “clear” the cut zone of the molten/burnt material or the gas vapor. In the early days of laser cutting the setting of the laser to produce the desired effect was very much a manual process and very complex. The latest machines now come with many of the common parameters pre-programmed, allowing much easier setting. However, operators still require many hours of training to run a laser safely, efficiently and economically.
Laser cutting is a technology that has been used in industry since the 1970s. The first common application was for sign-making, mainly cutting acrylic. Since then the process has been adopted and adapted by virtually every industry group and is now a significant process in every manufacturing economy. Laser cutting is excellent at processing many different materials. Unlike physical machining laser profiling is not affected by the hardness of a material, meaning materials such as high carbon steels can be cut as easily as standard mild steel.
The cutting process is very complex, but basically involves pre-piercing the material outside the area of the desired cut, moving the laser beam into the cutting area to apply heat, and finally use an assist gas to remove the heated material and produce the cut. The type of assist gas employed is critical, and is dependent on the material to be laser cut; most commonly used are Oxygen (used predominantly for carbon steels), Nitrogen (used for non-ferrous steels & non-metals) and Argon (used for more exotic materials such as titanium).
What makes laser cutting so popular?
- High level of accuracy
- High level of detail
- Repeatability and consistency
- A wide range of materials can be cut
- Speed of process
- Low cost of parts
Laser cutting showcase…
Take a look at some of the work we have done from some truly inspiring designers
If you can design it, we’ll produce it
We never get bored of seeing some of the amazing designs and ideas that get sent to us. Our showcase gives you some idea of the range of projects we work on. Please contact us with your ideas – we love a challenge!
Ready to get started?
Get your project off the ground today with our simple 3 step process
Tell us about your job
First up we’ll need to know some details about your job. How detailed is it? What size and materials do you require? How many do you need?
We’ll give you a quote
A member of our team will contact you (usually the same day) to discuss requirements in more detail and will then give you a quote for the job.
We’ll create your order
Our skill is interpreting your design and using one of our lasers we will turn your ideas into a finished quality product.