The term laser can be used as a common name, but it is in fact an acronym that stands for Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation. The highly concentrated beam of light it produces can quickly apply energy even to a moment area. It can be easily controlled by mirrors and lenses and essentially as light. It may travel at the best speed possible, can travel in a straight line in a clear space and can transmit information.
With these properties of laser light, laser has found numerous uses; among them is in cutting. A laser cutter functions focusing the huge number of energy it produces on a tiny area (even microscopic). The constant beam of light that hits the area causes it to melt or evaporate. A cut is generated by moving the item being cut or by moving the laser beam across the surface.
As a tool in cutting, a laser cutting machine has several applications. A number of its well-known applications come in medicine as a medical tool, in craft-making and lithography as an etching tool, in garment industry as fabric cutter and in metal fabrication as welding and cutting tool.
Laser cutting of metals is laser?s most frequent and most beneficial industrial application. By means of a laser cutting machine, metals with complex profiles and contours can be easily and seamlessly cut. Its good quality cutting capability and fast cutting speeds eliminate further processing of metals, reduces production cost and improve productivity of certain companies using the technology.
The advancements in laser cutting machines, which includes enhancement of the beam quality, laser power, simplicity and operation and material, caused it to be possible for a laser cutting machine to cut metals with multi-dimensions and tubular profiles. Highly advanced laser cutting machines with this specific capability are very helpful in the automotive industry.
Among the laser cutting machines utilized in cutting metals are flying-optic lasers, hybrid lasers, punch-laser machines, pivot-beam lasers and pulsed lasers.
Flying-optic laser cutting machines have high cutting speeds yet they are more affordable because of their fixed X and Y axis table. They are able to move on the material being cut in two dimensions. A more efficient and powerful pivot-beam laser on another has X axis-travel capability.
Punch-laser machines are high power lasers that can cut metals with around 3,500 watts. They perform several tasks including punching, marking, contouring and bending. They are mostly used to cut outer part and intricate inner contours. Pulsed laser machines on another hand produce high power output for short period. They’re suitable for piercing for their ability to make high power output in a short t …