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Laser Cutting

Laser cutting uses the laser as a single point cutting source to vaporize material in a very small, well-defined area. This process allows for very small cut widths to be achieved, from 0.002" to 0.020" (0.05mm to 0.5mm). Depending on the material, CO2, Nd:YAG and Fiber Lasers can be utilized to optimize the cut quality. Metal, plastic, and wood fabricators are using industrial laser cutting technology to improve throughput and quality because of faster production rates and part changeover times.

Advantages
  • Virtually unlimited cutting path. Unlike mechanical cutting tools, for example, knives and saws, lasers can make three dimensional cuts, and with Preco, up to five dimensional cuts are achievable with help from SurfCamsoftware
  • Well suited for fabricating parts with tight feature tolerances,especially with flexible materials. Since the laser beam exerts no force, the part retains its original shape from start to finish.
  • Can cut very hard or abrasive materials without difficulty or wearing the laser.  
  • Achieves outstanding edge quality without need for secondary operations.
  • Can process sticky materials that would otherwise gum up a blade.
  • Cuts at high speeds and can be faster than water jet or EDM (electro discharge machining).
  • Laser cutting is a cost effective process with low operating and maintenance costs as well as maximum flexibility.

Preco's applications engineering team has extensive knowledge in laser cutting and can assist you in developing cut patterns and the appropriate laser for your application. For more information on our laser cutting systems and services, contact us today.


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Laser Cutting Services
Applications
  • Automotive
  • Recreational vehicles (ATV’s, motorcycles, bicycles, etc.)
  • Complex shapes and geometry
  • Edge quality requirements (no post-processing required to clean up the cut)
  • General sheet metal and tubing fabrication
  • Medical
  • To increase material utilization (small kerf widths, nesting cut components)
Materials
  • Steel
  • Stainless Steel
  • Aluminum
  • Copper
  • Polymers
  • Wood
  • Plastics
  • Fabrics
  • Cloth
  • Mesh
  • Metals
  • Non-metals
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