Nov 18, 2015 Off Comments in Laser Cutting by

Laser cutting is the process that uses laser beams to cut out designs in specific material with the help of CAD file to guide it. A laser cutter is an equipment or machine that is used to engrave and cut materials using laser technology. There are several laser machines now

where laser cutting was mainly used in the industrialized manufacturing of products. There are three major types of lasers used today which include the Nd, CO2, and Nd-YAG. CO2 laser is the commonest and works by firing a laser that cuts through vaporizing, melting and burning your respective material.

There are three main types of cutting processes; fusion cutting, sublimation cutting, and flame cutting. In laser fusion cutting inert gasses are used in the cutting of high alloyed aluminum and steels. This process is common in industries as it can cut materials that are up to 15 mm in thickness. Laser flame cutting involves the use of oxygen in cutting of low alloy steels and cuts and cuts thickness of up to 25mm. This process utilizes both solid-state lasers and CO2 high power offering the best option for separation of thicker cross-sections. Laser sublimation cutting process involves melting the material by use of absorbed laser energy until it evaporates and the resulting material is pasteurized. In this process, higher power densities are in turn used with much slower speed and are often used in diamonds, ceramics, metals and even plastics.

The initial step of laser cutting process is checking out your art piece to ensure that it is okay for the laser cutter as well as the material to be cut. Step two involves configuring the laser cutter’s settings so as to adjust the speed, power, and frequency so as to perfectly accommodate your respective artwork material. Some laser cutting machines are configured with certain maximum sizes and cannot cut materials beyond the set sizes, it is, therefore, mandatory to review the settings before cutting.

Step three is the point where you cut your material in regards to the to your drawing strokes path so as to cut out your desired components. It is essential to protect your work piece with a protective backing that you can peel away after cutting. This protective backing keeps the surface of your work piece safe from burn and heat marks common during the cutting process.  The process is quite simple however it requires much attention and focus so as to ensure the resulting product is perfectly cut and designed.

At Architectural & Industrial Metal Finishing Company, LLC, our custom laser cutting services offer customers a fast and efficient way to obtain precision cut metal shapes and blanks. Our 3-axis CO2 flying optics laser cutting system has a maximum power output of 2500 W. We can process hot rolled and cold rolled steel, aluminum, and stainless steel up to 120” x 60”; in thicknesses up to 0.75”; with an accuracy of .004”. Laser cutting is an ideal solution for economically cutting custom shapes out of sheet and plate metal without the need for expensive tooling.

Our turnaround time is also very fast, often 2 or 3 days, and we are equally capable of handling small and large volume production runs. JIT shipping services are also available as a value added service to customers and our additional processing capabilities include powder coating, light fabrication work, welding, cutting, assembly, packaging, and delivery. For more information about our custom laser cutting capability, feel free to contact us directly.