The laser optics and CNC are used to direct the laser beam generated. The laser beam that has been directed at the material vaporizes away, or is blown away by a jet of gas, leaving an edge with a high-quality surface finish.
The advantages of laser cutting over mechanical cutting include easier work holding and reduced contamination of workpiece. Precision is significantly better as the laser beam does not wear during the process. There is also a reduced chance of distorting the material that is being cut, as laser systems have a very 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. The latest lasers machines operating at higher power (6000 watts, as contrasted with early laser cutting machines’ 1500 watt ratings) and are approaching plasma machines in their ability to cut through thick materials.
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