Laser cutting is a process used by industries and professionals the world over. It is a highly specialised process that can take a deal of expertise and equipment in order to carry out. This post looks at the technology behind the process and just how it works.
Laser cutting is generally used to cut metal plates. Metals such as, mild steel, stainless steel, and aluminium are often used. The laser cutting process is highly accurate, yields excellent cut quality, has a very small kerf width and small heat affect zone, and makes it possible to cut very intricate shapes and small holes.
The laser itself is a column of high intensity light, of a single wavelength or colour. The beam is only about 3/4 of an inch in diameter as it travels from the laser resonator, which creates the beam, through the machine’s beam path.