Whereas in the past, mechanical and thermal processes – such as punching or plasma cutting – were used exclusively, in recent years laser technology has fundamentally changed the methods of sheet metal cutting. In particular, laser procedures offer unmatched flexibility. A broad range of cutting operations is therefore carried out with the use of lasers.
Cutting with Laser
The advantages over conventional procedures include the non-contact cutting process at high cutting speeds. Complex parts with the highest requirements regarding dimensional accuracy and freedom from burr can be produced very economically using diode lasers, even for small batches.
Because of the wavelength in the middle infrared range, CO2 lasers can be used only in combination with mirror systems. They are therefore essentially restricted to 2 D applications. At the same time, this type of laser has a lower efficiency than diode lasers.
- Non-contact, thermal process
- Economic production of small batches
- Combination with welding possible
- 3D processing using fiber optic cables
- Cost-effective in investment and operation
- Beam quality always as good as required
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