Laser cutting is a technology that uses a laser to vaporize materials, resulting in a cut edge. While typically used for industrial manufacturing applications, it is now used by schools, small businesses, architecture, and hobbyists. Laser cutting works by directing the output of a high-power laser most commonly through optics. The laser optics and CNC (computer numerical control) are used to direct the material or the laser beam generated. A commercial laser for cutting materials uses a motion control system to follow a CNC or G-code of the pattern to be cut onto the material. The focused laser beam is directed at the material, which then either melts, burns, vaporizes away, or is blown away by a jet of gas, leaving an edge with a high-quality surface finish.
The high-precision, high-speed and quality of laser cutting has made it the technology of choice for advanced manufacturing across countless industries.
With GW fiber lasers, laser cutting has become a reliable and highly cost effective solution, resulting in increased adoption throughout the metal manufacturing world.
Manufacturers have several metal cutting methods to choose from, each having their own benefits and advantages. Worldwide, more and more manufacturers are cutting with fiber lasers due to their increased uptime and throughput, lower operating costs and overall improved quality.
CO2 lasers provide smooth cutting edges for some thicker materials (>25 mm)
With recent breakthroughs, fiber lasers provide high quality cuts with thicker materials. Fiber lasers also cut thinner materials faster than CO2 and are superior in cutting reflective metals, which provides a much lower cost of ownership.
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