As detailed in the informative article “WHAT IS LASER CUTTING? – A DEFINITIVE GUIDE TO THE PROCESS” by TWI Global, the world of laser cutting unfolds as a high-precision, intricate process that melds technology, optics, and numerical control. Laser cutting, used extensively by industries seeking perfection in their components.
Laser cutting, at its core, harnesses the power of a high-energy laser directed through advanced optics and computer numerical control (CNC) systems. This laser beam, guided by a motion control system following intricate patterns, transforms materials with precision. Whether it’s burning, melting, vaporizing, or using gas to achieve a pristine edge finish, laser cutting delivers exceptional results.
The heart of the laser cutting process lies in the creation of the laser beam itself. It’s generated through the stimulation of lasing materials, amplified through reflection, and carefully focused at the work area. The result is a laser beam with a diameter as narrow as 0.0125 inches, capable of achieving kerf widths as small as 0.004 inches, depending on material thickness.
When precision cutting necessitates starting from somewhere other than the material’s edge, a piercing process comes into play. This involves a high-power pulsed laser creating an entry point, demonstrating the depth of control laser cutting offers.
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