Laser cutting of metal has developed into an indispensable tool in metal processing in recent decades. It offers numerous advantages over other cutting processes such as sawing, punching or milling.
The origin of laser cutting dates back to the 1960s when the first laser was developed. Initially, laser cutting was only used for thinner materials such as paper or plastics. However, with the advancement of technology and the introduction of high power lasers, thicker and thicker metals have also been successfully cut.
One of the greatest advantages of laser cutting is its precision. With laser cutting machines, complex contours and shapes can be cut from metal that are difficult or impossible to achieve with other cutting processes. The laser beams are very narrow and can make fine cuts with high accuracy. This enables the production of high-quality parts and components that require the tightest tolerances and high surface finishes.
Another benefit of laser cutting is its speed. Compared to other cutting methods, laser cutting is much faster. The machines work automatically and can cut a large number of metal parts in a short time. In addition, laser cutting machines can usually work without changing tools, which saves time and money.
Another benefit of laser cutting is its flexibility. The machines can cut a variety of materials, from thin sheet metal to thicker metals. In addition, they can also cut complex contours and shapes that are difficult or impossible to achieve with other cutting methods. This makes laser cutting an ideal choice for prototyping and low-volume production.
In addition, laser cutting also offers high repeatability and reproducibility. Once programmed, the machine can cut the same cutting geometry over and over again with consistent quality and accuracy.