States Engineering offers Laser Jet Cutting services, we can do a variety of different materials and applications.
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Below is more information about Laser Jet Cutting. (You can also find our water jet cutting services here)
A laser cutter relies on a gas laser, such as a CO2 laser, for energy. The CO2 is then transmitted through a beam, which is guided by mirrors, and directed at the material. With CO2 lasers, the laser source is located inside the machine and the beam can output between 1500 and 2600 Watts. Materials and applications, as well as precision and safety, are important factors to think about when considering laser cutting.
Laser cutters work well with a variety of materials including, plastic, glass, wood, and all metals (except for reflective metals). If a material combination consists of materials with different melting points, however, it can be rather difficult to cut. Sandwich structures with cavities cannot be cut at all using a CO2 laser, and materials with limited access prove difficult as well. 3D material cutting is also hard to manage because of the rigid beam guidance.
Laser cutters do well with materials that range between 0.12” and 0.4 in thickness, and are commonly used to cut flat sheets of medium thickness steel. Typically, a CO2 laser cutter performs cutting, welding, drilling, engraving, ablation, and structuring.
Precision is not an issue with laser cutting, with the minimum size of the cutting slit reaching 0.006”, depending on the speed of the laser. Thinner work pieces may suffer from gas pressure if proper distance cannot be maintained and partial burring does occur. Deformation and minor structural changes can occur as a result of thermal stress, and the cut material will appear striated.
Although safety goggles are not always necessary, laser cutting does produce smoke and dust, and some plastics and metals may produce toxic fumes—proper ventilation is key. The overall risk involved in working with laser cutting machines is very low, as is the amount of waste produced and subsequent cleanup.
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