Using laser to cut materials is known as laser cutting and is usually used by Industries. How does this work? A computer is used to direct a high power laser for the material to be cut. Once the laser is used on the material it usually melts or burns and a high quality surface finish is produced. These are also known as Industrial laser cutters sheets of plywood and they are used to cut flat sheet materials.
There are different kinds of laser cutting:
CO2 laser is used for cutting, boring and engraving. It is used for Industrial cutting of material. The CO2 lasers is used be passing a current through the gas mix or using Radio Frequency energy.
The Radio Frequency (RF) method is more popular as they are not prone to problems such as electrode erosion which is prevalent in the other methods. The gas flow can also affect performance.
The neodymium Laser (ND): is also used for boring. But here high energy pulses are used using a low repetition speed.
The Nd-YAG laser: here very high energy pulses are used for boring and engraving as well as trimming.
Laser cutting is highly successful because it is a neater, cleaner and faster way of cutting as compared to the traditional methods of cutting. The laser beam is very precise and quick and is preferred over the traditional ways of cutting as some of the materials are very difficult to cut. High energy is used to do this specialized way of cutting. It is also the most cost effective method of cutting high precision parts. Since the parts a laser cut time is saved as parts do not need to be cut manually.
This process is complex and uses a stimulating laser material by electrical discharges. Once the lasing material is stimulated using a partial mirror the beam is reflected internally. Mirrors are used to direct the light to the lens so that the light is projected to the lens. There are various methods in cutting using the laser technology used to cut different material. They are vaporization, melt and blow, scribing, thermal stress cracking.
The amount of cutting power needed for a job depends on the material type, thickness, process used, and desired cutting rate.
Laser Cutting Services are offered by a variety of companies all over the world. Advantages of Laser cutting services are that they are ideal for making custom parts quickly and economically.
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