Why Use Laser Cutting For Cutting Metals?

11 August 2018
 Categories: Industrial & Manufacturing, Blog

When you need to cut a piece of metal, whether it is a thin sheet or a solid block, you have a couple of different ways to do it. You can use a welding torch to burn through the piece, you can use a heavy, sharp-edge to shear off a portion, or you can use a laser to burn, melt, or vaporize the metal to the shape you need. It doesn't matter if you are a large, industrial company making products to sell or a hobbyist working on a project, you should seriously consider using a laser for all your metal cutting needs. Here are just a few benefits you will receive when you do.


When you use a laser to cut a piece of metal, you don't have to be close to it. When using a welding torch, you need to actually perform the cutting yourself, up close and personal, unless you have a huge machine that does it all. This means you can be burnt by bits of the metal or the torch itself. A laser cutter uses a computer to operate the laser. You set the metal up where it needs to be, program the computer to do the cutting, and can then go behind a glass or plexiglass wall to watch the laser do the work. 


Since a computer controls a laser cutter, you can make exact cuts. There will not be any small zigs or zags in the result. You can also have tiny deviations programmed into the cut to make everything fit together. You can make tiny, exact holes for screws or nails to hold things together too. In addition, complex shapes are not a problem when you have a laser do the cutting.


Laser cutting can be done very quickly. Once the computer takes over, the task gets done as fast as the laser is capable of moving. Anything that requires a human to work the controls will not be able to do the job as fast, especially on a continual basis. When multiple pieces need to be cut to the same specifications, you can set the program, watch to make sure the cut is right on the first piece, and then let the machine do the rest. It is like a big print job on a printer. 

There is no need to have a bulky, dangerous welding machine to cut the metals you need. Look into getting a laser cutter and see how much safer and easier the job will be completed. For more information, contact a company like Spradlin Bros Welding Co.