Industrial Laser Cutting Techniques
During manufacturing processes, objects often need to be cut and shaped into different designs to suit multiple functions. One of the most efficient methods that exist for achieving this goal is professional laser cutting.
Laser cutting is a highly precise method where different materials can be cut to shape using a powerful laser beam that is guided by computer-aided technology.
The laser beam can melt, burn, vaporize or blow away the material that it's cutting through in order to result in sharp and defined cuts.
To take professional laser cutting to the next level, more techniques have been developed to cut through materials faster and more efficiently. Here are 4 highly useful industrial laser cutting techniques.
Common line Cutting
Common line cutting (CLC) is a highly effective technique where similar materials that share a common boundary can be cut at once using a single laser beam. These materials can either be placed on top of or adjacent to each other and lined up at the exact point that the cut will be done.
The laser beam is then projected onto the desired cutting areas and the objects are adequately shaped. CLC is a professional laser cutting technique that results in minimal wastage of materials.
For industrial applications that require cutting along shapes such as squares and rectangles, fly cutting is a very effective technique. The laser head is programmed in advance to cut along these well-defined shapes without taking other unnecessary movements along the axis. Fly cutting therefore takes place under high speeds and saves significantly on energy costs.
Pierce point cutting
The technique of pierce point cutting works by using a single piercing point as the beginning of the laser cutting process. The laser cutting starts at this point and repeatedly cuts the material outwards as it returns to the original starting point.
Pierce point cutting is a professional laser cutting technique that is effective at cutting circular shapes, and other similar designs that have a continuous structure.
For materials that just need to be pre-cut and finalized through a welding process or bending by hand, stitch cutting serves as a useful professional laser cutting technique.
The process involves a laser beam projecting small tabs and piercings into the main cutting line surface. The material is therefore weakened along the desired cutting points so that welding and bending by hand can be easily achieved during subsequent processes.