Basics of Laser Tube Cutting
Cutting metal and other materials seamlessly can be accomplished with a state-of-the-art laser tube cutting machine. An operator programs the machine to make specific cuts, making this machine ideal for customized cutting jobs. Here are some essential facts about laser tube cutting to keep in mind when deciding on high precision cuts.
Benefits of Laser Beams
The basis of laser tube cutting is the laser beam, which is a narrow beam of light able to make small precise cuts. Lasers are measured by wavelength and are useful for communication processes due to the ability to carry large amounts of information. They are also free of electromagnetic interference and do not involve much signal leakage.
One of the biggest benefits to using a laser tube cutter is that it can make complex cuts faster than any other machine. We have the abililty to countersink and tap holes into tubes of all shapes and sizes. It’s possible for the machine to bypass the machining process completely for certain parts. The quality of laser cutting machines, particularly for cutting thick materials, is starting to rival that of traditional cutters. However, the place where laser cutting really distinguishes itself is in precision for complex designs. Industrial manufacturing applications involving intricate cutting instructions for small diameters have been enormously sped up due to improvements to modern laser cutters.
Planning Cuts with CAD Software
Laser tube cutting is a process planned on computer-aided design (CAD) software. Working with one design platform integrated with a laser cutter allows you to be more productive since you don’t have to waste time importing or exporting programming. The speed of the project will be maximized if the programmer stays close to pure design without getting involved with assemblng or disassembling program components within a model. Key information put into the program should include material type, thickness and geometry of the tube.
It’s important to use user-friendly software when working with 3 dimensional parts and the programmer should not have to flatten a pre-designed part. The programmer should have access to tools that allow for customized miter cut angles with the ability to alter designs without requiring costly engineering adjustments.
Speeding Up the Cutting Process
When you need accurate straight and angled cuts on tubes, an effective solution is to use a laser cutting device with 3D 6-Axis laser technology. The FabriGear 300 is useful for cutting specific shapes while eliminating several steps that are common in the manufacturing process. This high-end machine is needed in fabrication shops to accommodate 3D flexibility for cutting customized shapes.
Due to the advent of constantly improving laser tube cutting machines, it’s difficult for manufacturers to keep up with learning the fuctionality of these machines. While the software is relatively easy to use, it continues to grow in sophistication and those who keep up with developments gain a competitive edge.
Selecting the right laser cutting device with 3D 6-Axis laser technology is key to accelerating the laser tube cutting. Working with experienced technicians who understand the latest laser tube cutting developments also helps ensure high quality cuts. Contact us at Serra Laser to learn more about customized laser tube cutting.