Laser cutting is a processing method utilising a focused beam of light to vaporise or melt material.  This could be cutting components from sheet of material or for profiling around molded components.  Unlike conventional, more mechanical methods, with laser processing the cut width remains constant as there no tool wear, ensuring all the processed parts are laser cut to a variance-free dimension. There are a number of benefits to using a laser for cutting materials: -

  • Zero tool wear
  • Low thermal effect
  • Reduced surface contamination
  • Burr free edges when cutting metals
  • Sealed edges when cutting textiles
  • Polished edges when cutting Acrylic
Laser cutting systems typically use CO2 or fiber lasers, CO2 lasers are used when there is a requirement processing organic materials such as paper, wood or plastics whereas fiber lasers are used for processing inorganic materials for example metals. There are a number of conventional approaches to laser cutting, the most common method is to statically mount the laser on to a gantry above the material. The laser would be set up with a fixed beam delivery system that focuses the laser beam down on to the material to be processed, then by either moving the material underneath the laser or by moving the laser above the material you can control the laser cutting process. This method could also be used in conjunction with a 6-axis robot, where the robot is not only responsible for moving the material or part under the laser but also the controller of the laser, alternatively you could mount a laser on to robot.  Using a 6-axis robot enables you to process in 3 dimensions.

CO2 Lasers

Laser Lines offer a wide range of Synrad CO2 Lasers ranging in power from 10 Watts to 400 Watts in constant wave mode and up to 1200 Watts in pulsed mode. Offering the widest choice in terms of power and performance Synrad lasers are the ultimate tool when it comes to processing organic materials. More

Fiber Lasers

Laser Lines offers a wide range of nLIGHT fiber Lasers from 500 Watts to 8000 Watts, these lasers are designed for use in multiple applications from thin sheet metal processing, from sub 1mm Copper and Mild Steel to 16mm Brass and 25mm Aluminium, the ultimate choice of fiber laser when looking to process metals. More