Why choose Radshape for Sheet Metal Laser Cutting services?
Our purpose built facility boasts two highly advanced lasers manufactured by leading names in the field Trumpf and Amada. Both of these lasers can be self-fed, which means that we have the ability to deliver laser cutting 24 hours a day, something which is vital when a client comes to us with a large order or one which needs turning round at speed.
Laser cutting is an essential tool in our facility using CO2 and Fibre Optic Lasers from renowned manufacturers Armada and Trumpf we can achieve cutting accuracies to +/- 0.1mm, with a repeatability factor of +/ 0.3mm. Cutting a range of metals steel, aluminium, brass and stainless steel, the laser enables us to create highly complex solutions without incurring extra tooling costs and to deliver results that are scratch and oxide-free and often require no further finishing.
Because we offer a complete in-house service, we’re able to provide bespoke laser cutting for clients who come to us with a completed plan, and also for those who arrive with little more than an initial concept. In the latter case, we provide expert CAD/CAM design facilities to turn that concept into a detailed plan which then forms the basis of the laser cutting process. Everything we produce in this way is accurate to +/- 0.1mm, with a repeatability factor of +/ 0.3mm.
The use of laser cutting enables us to create highly complex solutions without incurring extra tooling costs and to deliver results that are scratch and oxide-free and require no further finishing. If needed, we can also provide component marking such as part numbers to aid assembly after despatch.
Whatever your Sheet Metal Laser Cutting requirements are, Contact us today and we’ll explain exactly how we can deliver.
What is Laser Cutting?
In simple terms, laser cutting involves applying an intensely focused laser beam onto the surface of the material being cut, such as metal. The heat generated by the beam is such that the metal melts and vaporises instantly, producing an extremely fine cut with a smooth finish.
What is the Laser Cutting Process?
The process uses a CO2, Nd: YAG or fibre-optic laser to cut through the material. The machine then moves along the path that was traced by the lasers beam, cutting out any shapes desired from the sheet metal.
The machine itself allows for a laser to be mounted and moves the sheet metal into position before cutting. It also provides a roller to bend any cut sheet metal parts as required. There may be a nesting section included where multiple items can be placed at once and laser-cut simultaneously, reducing your production time.
The sheet metal is usually prepared by coating it with a material such as lacquer or primer to ensure that the laser beam only hits one side rather than bouncing back into your machine which can cause damage. This also prevents contamination from leaving any residue on the finished product.
What are the Pro's and Con's of Sheet Metal Laser Cutting?
A huge plus to Sheet Metal Laser Cutting is that they are very precise and can achieve an accuracy of around +/- 0.1mm, making them ideal for use in structural applications. This includes parts for the automotive industry and marine sectors.
They are also helpful when producing small batches of components that cannot be produced by other means such as die-cut or punched.
Sheet metal laser cutting has also been seen as beneficial for cutting intricate or unusual shapes that are difficult to produce with other methods. The high-powered laser beam melts the sheet metal, allowing the machine to cut through it very easily. It does not require any additional material to keep its shape like a die does either so your product will come out very cleanly finished without any remaining flanges, scratches or finishing required.
A potential downfall to the laser cutting process is that it can take longer than expected, especially when working with thicker sheets of metal, and it is more expensive for larger projects.
Laser cutting sheet metal can also cause the laser beam to wear down the material with each cut. As a result, more material may be required when compared to other methods.
Rest assured, our advanced team at Radshape have the expert knowledge to help you with your requirements through the power of laser cutting technology. Contact us today.