Dec 23, 2015 Off Comments in Laser Cutting by

If you are cutting plates thicker than 7 gauge, you do not want to use the fiber, because it is too slow. A fiber laser may be used and find it comparable as to cutting plates using CO2 laser.
As noted, the speed equation for cutting includes the pierce, this is a significant factor when dealing with a thick material. Using a laser to cut the plate effectively, piercing will take time, and the process time will be slower if compared to plasma cutting. So if a laser cutting plate takes around 20 seconds to pierce then there is an additional time to the process, it is then critical to know how to pierce a hole effectively in a timely manner. On the other options of piercing as well as its results, one option is the blast pierce, but this will leave a crater. The other option will be peck piercing; this is done by a laser drilling through, but this will create a lot of heat.

Having the plasma and laser cutting, gives the fabricator a lot of choices. The machine come with both laser and plasma, laser as the cutting head, and plasma cutting head on one machine. This means that accuracy is given because of the laser cutting, and the laser and plasma cutting being driven by linear drives. A high-powered laser can cut 1-inch plate, in about 35 IPM, but a 400-amp high definition plasma can cut at 90 IPM, that is three times faster than that of the laser cutting. Imagine a machine that comes both with plasma and laser cutting.

Before, manufacturers need to consider the fact that they need to choose from laser or plasma. Now having the option to use both plasma and laser, manufacturers have the flexibility and this will result with low manufacturing cost.

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