What Are The Advantages Of Laser Cutting?

What Are The Advantages Of Laser Cutting

Laser cutting is used in a variety of industries including automotive, mold, tool, jewellery, and medical. Materials that are particularly difficult or impossible to cut using other types of methods make excellent candidates for laser cutting. 

There were several traditional cutting methods that were in use prior to laser cutting and it only really began to be used on a wider scale around 1967. Although the more traditional methods worked well, there was a requirement for a more efficient, reliable and safer form of mechanical cutting. There was also the need for a manufacturing process that could cope with growing demand. 

There are many reasons to use laser cutting over alternative methods. It is precise, flexible, fast, and cost-effective. A laser cutter can also be used on a variety of different materials, including wood, several types of metals including stainless steel, and acrylic to name a few. 

To find out more about the advantages of laser cutting processes, read on. 

The Advantages Of Laser Cutting

Energy Efficient

Laser cutting machines are energy efficient, with a cutting machine using only around 10kW of power compared to other cutting methods which use up to 50kW. Lower power consumption means the cutting process is smarter and more cost-effective

Safe

Laser cutting is a safer cutting method than many others, as the laser beam is sealed in a light box.

Precise

A precise cutting tool, laser cutting can create clean cuts and also engrave detailed designs. 

Suitable For Use With Many Materials

Laser cutting can be used on many different types of material, including: 

Metals 

Stainless steel, mild steel and brass, but not suitable for very thick plates. At Furnells, we create high quality, professional laser cut lettering on internal and external metal signs. Presenting a professional image to customers and visitors.

Wood

With a laser wood-cutter, a craftsman can create tighter corners, smoother curves, and intricate cut-out designs. The possibilities are endless and unlike traditional wood cutting methods, a laser does not come into direct contact with the wood, meaning that it is possible to create a neater cut. 

Plastics 

  • Acrylic 
  • Polyester Film 
  • Polypropylene 

Non-contact process 

During the cutting process the laser doesn’t actually touch the material that it is cutting, as it is the heat from the laser that causes the melting and cutting process. This is a real advantage, as damage to the material is minimised.

Laser cutting is increasingly popular with business owners and the public to create anything from fascias, signage and memorial plaques. Whatever your design ideas, Furnells is happy to discuss your requirements.

This process is used by many industries to personalise items such as signs, memorial plaques, and corporate branding.

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