What is Laser Cutting?

12 September 2018
12 September 2018, Comments: 0

We’ve been offering Laser Cutting services in Liverpool and beyond for over 30 years, but what exactly is laser cutting and what does it involve?

Laser Cutting Explained

Laser cutting is a technology that uses lasers to cut materials (in our case aluminum, stainless steel, and mild steel) mostly for the manufacturing industry. Laser machines cut based on computer-aided design files to guide them. The most popular method uses CO2, which are the ones we use.

CO2 laser machines fire a laser that melts the metal into the desired design. This works by directing the output of the laser through optics. The laser optics and computer numerical control are used to direct the material and laser beam. This allows for precise levels of detail and leaves an edge with a high-quality finish.

Laser cutters are used to create products and parts in a wide range of industries including vending, shopfitting, motorsport, medical, aerospace, science, switchgears, enclosures, kiosks, rail, and security.

Laser Cutter Diagram

Diagram of a typical Laser Cutter

Laser Cutting History

The very first production laser cutting machine was made by the Western Electric Engineering Research Center in 1965. It was used to drill holes in diamond dies. In 1967 Britain pioneered laser-assisted oxygen jet cutting for metal, and then in the early 70s this technology was used to cut titanium for aerospace applications. In the same time period, CO2 lasers were adapted to cut non-metal materials such as textiles as at the time they were not powerful enough to overcome the thermal conductivity of metals.

Our Laser Cutting Services

We use the most powerful precision laser technology available. Our laser process has the capability to produce the high standards required throughout manufacturing, and our engineering team can achieve exceptional cutting detail on a variety of materials. These state-of-the-art machines can create complex components from flat sheet metal quickly, cost-effectively, and at a high quality. We work with companies in a wide range of industries including automotive, motorsport, transport, material handling, construction, architectural, shopfitting, furniture, and security. Find out more here.

Need Laser Cutting services? Get in touch with the team on one of the following;

Call: 0151 949 0889  Email: sales@sms.uk.net

Sheet Metal Services | Sheet Metal Fabrication & Finishing Services | Seaforth | Liverpool | Merseyside

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