What is a laser cutter used for? Laser cutting machines, or laser cutters, are machine tools for use in the industrial processing of metals and other materials. Laser cutting can be performed in a variety of ways. The most widespread methods are laser beam cutting, laser beam fusion cutting and sublimation cutting. The main benefits of laser cutting are that production can commence on a single piece and that a wide variety of materials can be cut. Economical exploitation of materials and very clean cutting edges on certain materials that do not require reworking are two other positive aspects of this cutting process. Disadvantages include the high up-front costs for the equipment and ongoing costs for power and gas.
- Machinery for cutting sheet metal
- Three different common procedures
- Various materials can be cut
Laser cutting can be performed through scoring or thermal laser separation (TLS). While the three methods mentioned are suitable for all materials (particularly structural steel, stainless steel, aluminium and non-ferrous metal), scoring and TLS are primarily used on brittle materials such as glass, ceramics and semiconductor plates.