Laser cutting is the primary industrial use for high-powered lasers and is found in a variety of applications—from automotive to electronics manufacturing. Thanks to its unmatched precision, flexibility and superior cut quality, laser cutting is replacing conventional machining processes like plasma and oxy-fuel cutting.
Lasers can cut nearly any material—including glass, metals and plastic—and are ideal for both simple and complex parts. A non-contact method, laser cutting leaves no marks, reduces the risk of contamination and requires no extra finishing.
- Thermal Laser Cutting. This method utilizes the light from the laser’s aperture. A lens focuses the beam onto the surface of the material to melt, burn or vaporize the localized area.
- Gas-assisted Laser Cutting. This method uses gas-assisted laser cutters, which utilize a jet of gas coaxial to eject the molten material from the cut—resulting in a high-quality finish.