Tube laser cutting is a fairly straightforward process, with a highly innovative (albeit complicated) technology supporting it. Industrial and manufacturing settings rely on these apparatuses in day to day operations.
If you and your team are contemplating finally purchasing a laser cutting instrument, or perhaps several, below are advantages to it, and how it adds value to metal fabrication.
Real and Practical Benefits of Laser Cutting
1. Accuracy and Precision to Optimal Levels
Laser cutting employs a very powerful laser that can slice through the toughest materials with accuracy. The beam of light that passes through the material is highly focused so that it doesn’t stop with “accuracy” alone”. It expands to include “precision” as well. To supplement the first, “precision” speaks of how an apparatus can repeat the technique of reaching the same true and accepted value at any given time.
And both sets of measurements can be achieved through laser cutting, without complications.
2. No Damage to Materials
What’s amazing about laser cutting is that the focused light beam it works on is so accurate and precise, it does little to no damage on most materials it’s utilized on. This applies to material thickness or thinness, material properties (malleability, brittleness, etc.) The product or workpiece produced by a laser machine does not require additional processing due to the high quality of the cut
Where several notable types of cutting instruments distort, warp, or break certain surfaces, not so with laser cutting. The HAZ (Heat Affected Zone) in laser cutting is incredibly modest. This means that material tolerance frequently does not play a significant role in the efficacy of this cutting procedure.
3. Less Waste. Fewer Business Expenditures
Directly related to the previous point, being able to avoid damaging products through laser cutting equals fewer replacements for the company to spend money on. Count it in your long term business plan for spending less on such expenditures.
In addition, this relates to how a laser cutter can withstand a variety of metals and material types. It won’t wear down as easily as other cutting machines. You can rest assured that you’ll have your laser cutter with you for a long period of time, through proper maintenance and storage.
4. Lead Times On Low
Since laser cutters are simple devices (“simple” in that they have a single aim— “to cut through”), you can expect that it doesn’t need long lead times. Perfect for both limited-run, short-term and long-term projects. Faster turnarounds due to an expedient cutting process — that’s what you’ll be looking at with laser cutting.
Also, there is no need for a time-consuming preparation of the equipment. It is enough to have designs made in any specialized program supporting vector formats.
5. Less Energy Consumption Impact
You’ll be surprised to know that laser cutting isn’t heavy on energy consumption, compared to large metal cutting machines, and thus, it won’t be heavy on your utility bills either. They do not house numerous “moving” parts that consume power. Therefore, there isn’t a lot that necessitates activation in order for said parts to work together and allow the machine to do its job.