Laser cutting machines
Laser cutting is the separation of metal and non-metal materials of different thicknesses. The operation of the laser cutting machine is based on proper guidance, formation, and connection of the laser beam. As the laser touches the workpiece, the material melts or vaporizes. The diameter of the laser beam does not exceed half a millimeter, and its maximum power is concentrated in one point. The laser beam cuts through the material when more heat is concentrated at that point than can be lost due to thermal conductivity. Then the actual cutting process begins.
The laser cutting machine performs its work completely contactless. As a result, the machine is not exploited, and the processed detail is free from any distortions or damage.
How to choose laser cutting machine
The laser cutting machine significantly increases the company’s possibilities. There are a few factors that should be considered while choosing a machine adjusted to particular needs. The most important one is the laser’s power. Choosing the right one depends on the type of material that will most often be processed on the machine. It should also be considered which technology will work best in an industrial plant. Currently, the market is dominated by fiber optic and gas (CO2) technologies. Due to the space that a CNC laser cutting machine requires, it is worth checking its dimensions before buying. Unfortunately, not everyone can afford to reorganize the machine park to insert another piece of equipment. Finally, before choosing a laser cutting machine, it is worth setting a financial framework and working out how long you will potentially have to wait for a return on investment.
Laser cutting machine applications
A laser is a perfect tool for the safe and precise cutting of all materials that are commonly used in industrial processing. Steel, aluminum, non-ferrous metals, stainless steel, as well as non-metallic materials (plastics, wood, glass, ceramics) are a whole range of materials that the laser can handle perfectly. The laser cutting thickness range is also wide - from 0.5 to over 30 mm.
The amazing speed of the laser beam and its flexibility makes it capable of cutting almost any contour. No matter how delicate and complex it is, or how thin the material is. It is worth mentioning that the combined laser beam heats the material in points, so the rest of the cut element is thermally stressed minimally or not at all.