Jul 5, 2020 Off Comments in Laser Cutting, Lasers by
Cleveland Ohio Laser Cutting: Optimize processing with a laser tube cutting machine 

Laser cutting technology has significantly moved the needle for fast processing of flat sheet metal. But what about cutting tube and pipe? Today’s laser tube cutting machines are specifically designed to cut a large range of mill-length tube and pipe, whether round, square, rectangular, or triangular. Some of the more advanced options can process I- and H-beams, C-channel, angle iron, and other user-defined shapes.

Cutting tube and pipe using a laser is similar in a lot of ways to processing flat sheet metal. A lot of tube is made from the same material as the flat metal is made from, as it starts out flat before it is formed into the tube. However, there are some significant differences between the two. With tube cutting, the operator needs to be aware of the other side of the tube and the effect the laser will have on it while processing the cut, particularly as it relates to thermal expansion.

When cutting flat material, a laser will throw off sparks, debris, and slugs, which generally land on the table or into a chip bucket. But with laser tube cutting, those sparks, debris, and slugs often fall inside of the tubing. That could be an issue for some fabricators, which is why they need to be aware of this and learn how to deal with it effectively. It’s always important to keep in mind how to properly manage scrap material, dross, and slugs.

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