Fabricating Precision Metal Parts with Flat Laser Cutting
Although lasers are now commonplace in our lives, from DVD players to laser pointers, they still evoke an image of leading-edge technology. That’s because flat laser cutting is among the most dependable and precise methods for creating high-spec components from metal. This process is embraced by industries such as aerospace to medical to automotive, where parts created to the highest tolerances are mandatory, so you know it’s reliable.
Laser cutting is controlled by computers, which ensure the parts are delivered with an outstanding degree of accuracy. It is vital for intricate patterns, contours, and designs, which must be followed with precision.
But how does flat laser cutting work? It’s simple, really. An intense beam of high-energy photons (light essentially) is focused through a lens. The light burns through the target material and then slices the required shape as it follows a pattern.
Laser cutter beams are incredibly tiny, with sizes of roughly one-fifth of a millimeter, but they deliver energy to vaporize metal up to a depth of about 20 millimeters. Lasers are powerful enough to cut a range of metals and alloys such as stainless steel, aluminum, and carbon steel. They are the right choice for just about any job.