Laser Cutting

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Description

Laser Cutting

Aerospace’s Sheet Metal processes include laser cutting, which uses a high-power laser to create products for industrial applications. Through Aerospace’s network of highly-skilled manufacturing partners, you can utilize a wide variety of lasers, including Fiber and CO2 lasers. Each type of laser has its own purpose and area in which it excels. In general, laser cutting consumes less energy and is more precise than other types of sheet metal processes like plasma cutting. However, laser cutting also has a lower threshold when it comes to the thickness of the material it can be used for. Any material thicker than 4 inches would be better suited for different types of cutting.

Advantages

Advantages Of Laser Cutting

High Durable Parts

Much like CNC machining, using waterjet cutting ensures top durability and high quality of end-use production and functional prototypes.

Quick turnaround

With the use of the latest technologies in waterjet cutting processes and production, Aerospace can deliver your parts within days from the time your order is placed.

Plenty Of Materials

Sheet metals have a wide range of options including
conductivity, weight, strength, as well as corrosion resistance.

Scalability Potential

With on-demand waterjet cutting processes that are more cost-effective than CNC machining, you can have runs ranging from 1-10,000 parts.

Finishes Are Customizable

Offered finishes include painting, powder coating, plating, and anodizing to cover all of your design needs.

Laser Cutting Process

Multi-Axis CNC Milling

  • 3 Axis Machining
  • 4 Axis Machining
  • 5 Axis Machining
  • Right Angle Milling

 

CNC Lathe and Live

Available upon request for EDM parts that are complex and need high-precision
tolerances. 

Wire EDM

Action Tooling with Dual Spindle Lathes.

 

Materials

Laser Cutting Materials

Aluminum is available in the Aluminum 5052 variety 

Steel avaialble in the following varieties:

  • Stainless Steel 301
  • Stainless Steel 304
  • Stainless Steel 316/316L
  • Steel 1018

Copper avaialble in the following varieties:

 

  • Copper 101
  • Copper 260 (Brass)
  • Copper C110

finishes

Laser Cutting Finishes

A finish with minimal post-processing.

Type II anodized finish is corrosion resistant and can have a variety of colors, while Type II anodized finish is also wear-resistant and thicker than Type I.

A strong finish resistant to corrosion and wear created by spraying powdered paint over the part and baking it in an oven.

A simple matte and smooth finish.

Chem Film (Chromate Conversion Coating) — a finish with corrosion resistance and good conductivity that can have a yellow or gold color and acts as a good base for paint.

A custom finish tailored exactly for your unique needs.

Applications For Laser Cutting

Chassis

Production of chassis parts requires high precision in order for the dimensions to fit the standard, as most chassis are used for housing  electromechanical controls.

Brackets

Custom brackets that can have fasteners and hardware fully built in are suitable for both high corrosion-resistance parts as well as lightweight applications.

Enclosures

Consoles, consolets, rackmounts, and other types of enclosures are usually used as product device cases, boxes, and panels, and can be produced with sheet metal in a cost-effective way.

overview

Laser Cutting Overview

Laser cutters use a high-powered laser beam to cut industrial sheet metal and perform welding, but there are other possibilities for use as well, such as rubber, aluminum, wood, and glass. CNC technology is used to manage and direct the high-density laser beam, which delivers
electrical energy directly to the material. With a jet of nitrogen or oxygen, the processed material is then blown away, vaporized, melted, or burned.

Laser cutters provide an almost unparalleled speed of production as well as a decrease in workpiece contamination. Using them also reduces the chance of material warping, which is present in other CNC processes. They’re ideal for fast prototyping as they create precise, clean cuts.

There are three main types of laser cutters:

CO2 lasers — common thanks to the high power output ratio and high energy efficiency.

Nd lasers — like CO2 lasers they have high energy, but their repetition efficiency is low, so their usefulness is limited to certain cases.

Nd:Yag lasers — meant for cutting thicker materials, but owing to their higher power, they are more costly to use.

Industries that use Laser Cutting

One of the first adopters of the laser cutting processes is the automotive industry, which still advances the technology today. Other industries that use laser cutters are aerospace and defense, robotics, industrial automation, semiconductors, microelectronics, medical industry, electronics, and robotics.

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