Laser cutting offers an efficient, cost-effective, versatile tool for sheet metal fabrication. As sheet metal can be delicate during the heating of fabrication, it is essential to use tools that minimise the risk of damage. Tools such as laser cutting machines prevent cracking and warping. Laser cutting reduces energy, using far less power compared to other cutting tools.
There are several benefits that laser cutting offers for sheet metal fabrication projects. These include the following:
Laser cutting machines are cost-effective, removing the costs associated with labour, operation and other resources. These tools are automated. Unlike hand-operated cutters, they do not require additional costs. Lasers are not prone to wear and tear. This means that there is no die changeover happening midway through cutting. Larger orders can be started and left to run, adding even more cost-efficiency for larger-sized projects.
Due to their speed, laser cutting machines are extremely efficient. They are also precise, creating even the smallest cuts with smooth, clean edges and curves. For very precise work, slower speeds are needed. This ensures even more detail, with intricate cuts and minimal chance of burring. You will need to take the thickness of the metal into account to determine the speed and precision of the project. Very thick metals will have an effect on the cut precision with a higher chance of dross left behind.
Laser cutting machines can be used on a wide variety of sheet metal fabrication projects. Whether you are cutting prototypes, small designs, routine projects or industrial projects, these cutters are highly versatile. Holes, tables, slots and various other cuts can be made easily and quickly, even for highly detailed projects that require delicate cuts.
Bystronic offers a range of machines made for cutting and bending sheet metal. Browse our range of laser cutting machines or contact us today for more information on our products.