Laser cuttingof metals
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R&D Inox Ltd. has its own production base and warehouses. It began its development in the field of machining and production of details from stainless steel / stainless steel /, brass, aluminum and in particular polishing to mirror gloss or satin of their surfaces, as subsequently directed in the production of wrought iron elements, metal structures and machine units and elements
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Laser metal cutting is a technology that uses a laser to vaporize materials, resulting in the formation of a fine cut. Laser cutting works by directing the output of a high-powered laser most often through optics. Through CNC control, pre-generated loops are fed to the laser machine and the generated laser beam, in a protective gas environment carries out the cutting.
Pros of laser metal cutting:
Laser cutting does not require changing tools for each individual cut. The same setup is suitable for cutting many different shapes within the same material thickness.
Accuracy is one of the main advantages of laser cutting compared to other thermal cutting methods.
An accuracy of +/-0.1 mm enables high precision to be achieved without additional machining. In most cases, such a high standard means that no additional tolerances are required.
Ensures parts with a tolerance of +/- 0.05mm are near replicas of each other.
Laser cutting is much faster than traditional mechanical cutting methods. Especially in the case of very complex parts. When we compare it with other thermal cutting methods, such as plasma or flame cutting, the laser beats them at speed up to a certain thickness, which is about 10 mm. However, the exact advantage comes down to the power of the laser beam.
Disadvantages of laser cutting:
- Metal thickness limitations
Comparing laser cutting with other thermal cutting methods, it is not suitable to cut very thick plates. The most suitable thickness depends on the machines and know-how available. On average, metal fabrication companies tend to laser cut metal down to 15 or 20 mm.
- Upfront costs
Prices for laser cutting machines can reach up to 1,000,000 euros. Lasers can be twice as expensive compared to waterjet or plasma cutters. Although the running costs and efficiency make up for it in the long run, the initial investment is still quite large.
- Hazardous fumes
One of the advantages of laser metal cutting is its suitability for cutting a variety of materials. At the same time, the thermal cutting method causes the material to melt, resulting in off-gassing and dangerous fumes.