Laser cutting is a manufacturing process that uses a high-powered laser to cut and shape materials, such as metal, plastic, wood, and paper. The laser beam is precisely focused and directed onto the material, creating heat that melts, burns, or vaporizes the material to produce a clean, precise cut.
Laser cutting has several advantages over traditional cutting methods, such as mechanical cutting or water jet cutting. These advantages include high precision and accuracy, faster cutting speeds, the ability to cut complex shapes and designs, and minimal material waste.
This process is commonly used in a variety of industries, including automotive, aerospace, electronics, medical devices, and consumer products. In addition to cutting, laser cutting can also be used for marking, engraving, and drilling, making it a great tool for a wide range of manufacturing applications.
There are two main types of laser cutting: CO2 laser cutting and fiber laser cutting. CO2 lasers are typically used for cutting non-metallic materials, such as wood, paper, and plastic, while fiber lasers are more commonly used for cutting metal. The choice of laser depends on the material being cut, the desired accuracy and speed of the cut, and the cost of the equipment.