3 Essential Guidelines for Quality Laser Cutting

3 Essential Guidelines for Quality Laser Cutting

September 2021

Offering a highly efficient way to create precise and exact parts, laser cutting is used across a wide variety of industries. It is frequently used in industries such as the automotive, aerospace, construction and manufacturing.

Offering a highly efficient way to create precise and exact parts, laser cutting is used across a wide variety of industries. It is frequently used in industries such as the automotive, aerospace, construction and manufacturing sectors. With many benefits besides its high level of precision, laser cutters reduce the risk of warping and also reduce the need for extensive finishing. It also decreases labour time, thanks to automation. This makes it a highly effective way to produce parts in a cost-effective way.


To get the most from any laser cutting project, it is essential to follow basic guidelines. This will ensure that you always get the best results.

Laser Cutting Best Practices

Some of the best practices to follow for effective laser cutting include the following:

1/ Cleaning the laser cutter lenses as directed.

Cutting lenses can greatly affect cutting quality. The process of cutting requires cleaning after a defined number of cycles. Cleaning should always be done properly, as directed, to avoid damaging the lenses. Failing to clean lenses properly can also leave a layer of residue, which can affect the quality of cuts. Operators should learn how to use the right cleaning agent for the cutting system and know how to clean and polish lenses. This will preserve the lifespan of laser lenses, which also increases the longevity and performance of the overall system.

2/ Centering the nozzle.

The laser nozzle plays a vital role in the cutting process. It conducts the laser, directing it onto the sheet metal. When this happens, a gas used during the cutting process passes through the nozzle. Operators should make sure that the nozzle is centred on a regular basis to be sure that it has not shifted. This can be done by directing the beam onto the tape and then checking that the hole is fully centred.

3/ Ensuring laser cutter optic focus.

Laser cutter optics should also be focused after cutting cycles. Most systems will focus automatically, which eliminates the need to do this manually. If using an older model, this will be done by the operator. The process will depend on the type and manufacturer of the machine and the operator should follow instructions to be sure that focusing is correct.


With these tips, we hope that you get the most from our systems. Contact Bystronic to learn more about our premium laser cutting machines for every need.

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