In metal fabrication, you will need to cut the sheet metal in a variety of ways. One of the popular ways to cut metal in manufacturing processes is to use a laser cutting method. There are a wide range of benefits to laser cutting but also some definite drawbacks. By considering both, you can decide what method is best for your business.
Laser Cutting is a Faster Process
One of the benefits to choosing laser cutting is that it tends to be a faster process once you train employees on using this method properly. With laser cutting, there are laser beams that use light to cut through the material. As opposed to machinery cutting or even water jet cutting, it focuses better and tends to have better results in a fraction of the time. The efficiency of laser cutting can also reduce the labour required, which helps to save you money with the individual cutting process. The high heat settings of the laser cutting machines also allow you to get the job done more quickly.
Laser Cutting is Very Versatile
Along with being a faster process, laser cutting can also be more versatile. This cutting process works with a wide range of materials and thicknesses. Whether you have a thick sheet of stainless steel or a thinner piece of copper, the cutting process is just as fast and precise in both instances. You aren't limited based on what thickness or type of material your machine can handle at any given time. This also lets you save more material and have better use of the sheet materials you are using due to the versatility.
It Provides Other Uses
When you invest in laser cutting machinery, it doesn't just cut through materials. It can also provide a variety of other services, such as engraving metal components, welding two types of materials together and removing the excess materials during the cutting or welding process. It can also be used on material other than metal, including wood, glass, or plastic.
There is a Lot of Energy Consumption
There are also some disadvantages to keep in mind when it comes to laser cutting. First of all, there is a lot of energy consumed when you utilise laser cutting machines. A lot of heat is required to use these machines, so it is not considered an eco-friendly option for cutting materials. It can also be more expensive in the beginning when you need to purchase the equipment.