Each decade offers new technology that was considered science fiction last century. This century’s developments in 3D laser cutting have been a great assistance to designers, manufacturers, and fabricators who routinely cut metal. Here are key points to know about how 3D laser cutting has developed.
Professionals Who Use 3D Laser Cutters
- metal fabricators
- original equipment manufacturers
- machine shops
- sign makers
- graphic designers
- aerospace industry
Advantages of 3D Laser Equipment
One of the most important advantages of 3D laser cutting is that it speeds up projects compared with using traditional cutting equipment. 3D laser cutting machines are useful for cutting custom shapes for tubes, pipes, and other industrial materials. 3D cutting helps provide flexibility in the production process for metal or steel fabricators. It’s a useful tool for making round holes or angled edges on metal surfaces. Another primary advantage to a laser cutter is its precision for making accurate cuts.
Evolution of Laser Cutting
Albert Einstein, along with other physicists, had written about the photoelectric effect in 1905. Work by physicist Charles Townes at Bell Laboratories in the fifties led to a device called Microwaves Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation (MASER) for military and industrial applications. Further developments led to laser technology in the 1950s, as the term LASER was coined to stand for Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation.
The earliest laser device that influenced laser cutting traces back to 1960. Cutting was one of the earliest functions used in laser technology. In 1965 the Western Engineering Research Center in Buffalo, New York became the first company to use a laser as a cutting device. Early forms of laser cutting were ruby laser technology for drilling holes and the less expensive carbon dioxide laser technology, which was introduced for cutting metal in 1967. Two years later Boeing became the first major company to use CO2 laser cutting as part of its production process.
3D Lasers Today and Tomorrow
The rise of 3D laser cutting process based on a 5 axes rotation system was introduced by Italian company Prima Industries in 1979. Today 3D laser cutters have high-precision beams and can be used to cut various materials up to 20 mm thick. The future of laser cutters will continue to be of concern to workshops and manufacturing plants, particularly those that produce automobiles and solar panels.
The advent of 3D laser cutting has led to faster and more precise cutting in manufacturing and metal fabrication processes. Contact us here at Serra Laser to learn more about the various options for fast, functional, and effective cuts.