CLAD Industries has advanced CO2 laser cutting capabilities available to process complex shapes or prototype parts. Metals and many other materials can be processed on our CO2 laser including mild steel, aluminum, stainless steel, titanium, paper, wax, plastics, wood and fabrics.
Advantages of Laser Cutting
Advantages of laser cutting over mechanical cutting (such as punching or shearing) include easier workholding and reduced contamination of workpiece (since there is no cutting edge which can become contaminated by the material or contaminate the material). Precision may be better, since the laser beam does not wear during the process. There is also a reduced chance of warping the material that is being cut, as laser systems have a small heat-affected zone. Some materials are also very difficult or impossible to cut by more traditional means.
Laser cutting for metals has the advantages over plasma cutting of being more precise and using less energy when cutting sheet metal, however, most industrial lasers cannot cut through the greater metal thickness that plasma.