Our cutting departments utilize CNC cutting equipment to process diverse materials, including aluminum and high-strength steel. All of our cutting equipment is CNC controlled and uses offline programming.
- Thicknesses up to 1-inch
- Lengths up to 16 feet
Overview of Cutting Metal
Laser and plasma cutting is a process that uses laser and plasma technology, most commonly used to cut metal. Laser and plasma cutting differ from traditional milling and drilling because it doesn’t remove the material as much as it melts it, meaning the processed material stays solid rather than being softened by milling or drilling. Because of this, laser and plasma cutting cuts various materials, including steel, aluminum, copper, stainless steel, and titanium. It has many advantages over traditional methods of cutting steel:
- It creates less heat, so the cut material does not have to be cooled down as much before being transported.
- It is more precise than other types of cutting—cutting exactly where needed, rather than moving around during the cutting process.
The major disadvantage of laser and plasma cutting is that it can be more expensive than other processes. Another problem caused by cutting with a laser is the buildup of laser oxide scale.
Removing Laser Oxide Scale
Using a laser to cut sheet metal is an efficient and accurate process, saving time and material. Despite the resulting laser oxide scale cost, it may lead to problems. Click here to learn more about what laser oxide is, the problems it leads to, and how to remove it.
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