The word “laser” is an acronym that stands for “Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation” and a laser beam is a highly focused wavelength radiation that will not dissipate. The process of laser cutting generally employs a carbon dioxide laser to perform low-distortion hot cutting, usually of a metal material. The “cut” of a laser is actually an energy transfer that causes the material to melt or burn along a line. Laser cutting allows for tighter accuracies on a smaller scale than any other metal cutting method.
Laser cutters are frequently controlled through precision programs. These precision programs, which direct the laser cutting process with minimal human intervention, get the information they need from CNC systems that use CAD designs to input machining details. In addition, technicians may partner an “assist gas,” like nitrogen or carbon dioxide, with laser cutting, in order to ready newly cut surfaces for painting or corrosion resistance coating. CO2 laser cutting, for example, is a gas assist laser cutting technique, and it is considered the most powerful wave laser in the world today.
In addition to cutting, lasers can perform various machining and micromachining services, such as laser drilling, laser welding, laser etching and laser engraving. This wonderful technology is instrumental in many industries, especially in those that require microscopic tolerances and meticulous accuracy, like microtechnology and electronics. In the medical industry, laser cutting is used to drill hypo-tubes, catheter holes, filtering devices, gas flow orifices and other highly intricate devices.
Aerospace and automotive manufacturing industries use laser cutting to fabricate pieces like precision parts, gaskets, solar cells, nozzles and circuit boards. Cell phone parts, transducers, microchips and military and communication devices rely on laser cutting as well. Even water piping and refrigeration systems have some laser cut elements. Read More…
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