There are many different methods that metal fabricators use to cut metal, but laser cutting is one of the most advanced techniques. A laser cutters ability to make precise cuts at speeds unmatched by other flat sheet cutting methods makes it one of the best choices in sheet metal fabrication. There are several benefits to this method of cutting, including:
Laser cutting is a highly automated process, making labor costs minimal when compared to hand-operated machinery. Since costs associated with sheet metal fabrication include labor, operation and machine expenses, this is an important factor to consider. The operating costs and machine costs are fairly average compared to other cutting techniques.
Generally, companies will find that outsourcing laser cutting for their sheet metal fabrication is the most effective option for most projects. Laser cutting machines can be quite expensive and most companies find that it is easier as well as less expensive to outsource this aspect of their fabrication process.
One of the great things about laser cutters is that there are no dull or worn blades to worry about, making die changeovers a thing of the past. This also means that by placing larger orders, you can reduce costs tremendously, as the automated system does the mapping and planning for each additional piece.
Although laser cutting isn’t the cheapest cutting technology available, it’s more than affordable for most projects, and has some major benefits over other forms of cutting such as water jet cutting or hand cutting processes.
Unrivaled Speed, Efficiency & Automation
A laser cutting machine can move as quickly as 1,000 holes per minute. Of course, the exact speed will vary depending on tolerances and intricacy of the parts.
Laser cutting is typically run by CNC controls. The formulas entered into the computer means each part and product is identically fabricated, leading to fewer defects per batch.
Laser cutting can create incredibly small cuts at tight tolerances. However, that’s the tradeoff: the more precision you want, the slower the laser will move. Yet, this highly detailed capability is unique to laser cutting. So, if you require intricate cuts, laser cutting is the only type of cutting that will get the job done well.
Beyond that, all laser cut edges and curves are smooth, sharp, and clean, which means there is very little, if any, burring because the laser melts rather than physically cuts the metal.
The only thing to consider is if your project requires very thick sheets of metal – thicker metals affect the quality of the cut, and a laser will leave some dross (melted metal scum) behind on thick metals. Aside from this dross, there is little to no clean up involved in the majority of laser cutting projects.
The combination of cost, speed, automation, and precision make laser cutting a great choice for any size product or project. This makes a lot of routine tasks/projects easy, including prototypes, industrial orders, delicate designs, and larger cutouts. Lasers are capable of making holes, slots, tabs, and other cut fabrications with no interruption of the cutting process. The incredible precision allows for tight tolerances on intricately detailed designs. If your project doesn’t require tight tolerances, the laser can move quickly and produce parts at incredible speeds. This makes laser cutting a fantastic choice for a wide spectrum of projects.
Yarbrough Industries is proud to offer laser cutting services for your next fabrication product. We can fabricate any order, whether it includes prototypes, components, or final assemblies. We adhere to the belief that high quality results can only be achieved through the use of high quality equipment. Laser cutting offers the ability to cut through a wide variety of materials and thicknesses at high speeds, producing extremely precise and accurate cuts.