Benefits of Laser Cutting-Elena

Compared to other types of cutting, laser cutting offers several advantages.

Advantages include:

  • Greater cutting precision and accuracy
  • Higher quality edges
  • Narrower kerf widths
  • Smaller HAZ and less material distortion
  • Less material contamination and waste
  • Lower maintenance and repair costs
  • Greater operator safety

Laser cutting machines are capable of cutting a wide range of designs with a greater degree of precision and accuracy than more conventional cutting machines. Since laser cutting machines can be fully CNC controlled. They can repeatedly and consistently produce complex and intricate parts to high tolerances. Laser cutting also produces high-quality cuts and edges which generally do not require further cleaning, treating, or finishing, decreasing the need for additional finishing processes.

The focused beam allows for narrower kerf widths. And the localized heating allows for minimal thermal input to the bulk of the material being cut. The smaller kerf minimizes the amount of material removed. And the low thermal input minimizes the heat affected zones (HAZs) which in turn decreases the extent of thermal distortion. The non-contact nature of the laser cutting process also decreases the risk of mechanical distortion. Especially for flexible or thin materials, as well as decreases the risk of material contamination. Owing to the tighter tolerances, narrower kerf widths, smaller heat affected zones, and lesser degrees of material distortion.  We can arrange laser cut part closer together on the material. This closeness of design reduces the amount of material waste, leading to lower materials costs over time.

While the initial investment in laser cutting equipment is typically higher than with other cutting processes, running and maintenance costs are comparatively low.

Laser cutting machines are capable of performing multiple operations and applications without the need for purchasing or changing out separate, custom-designed tooling; this characteristic of laser cutting decreases both the total equipment costs and the lead time between different processes and applications. Additionally, as laser cutting is a non-contact process, the laser components experience less fatigue—and consequently last longer—than components in contact cutting processes such as mechanical cutting or rotary die cutting. Together with the relative inexpensiveness of replacement laser components, the durability of laser components further decreases the total equipment costs over time.

Other advantages of laser cutting include decreased risk of operator injury and quieter operations. The laser cutting process employs little to no mechanical components and occurs within an enclosure, therefore there is less risk of operator injury. As there is less noise produced during the laser cutting process, the overall workplace environment is also improved.