Laser Cutting is a cutting process that uses a high powered laser beam to cut materials like steel and acrylic.
Advantages of laser cutting over mechanical cutting include
- Easier workholding and reduced contamination of workpiece
- Better precision
- Reduced chance of warping the material that is being cut.
In addition to laser cutting, Million offers another popular cutting technique: waterjet cutting. The differences between laser cutting and waterjet cutting are shown below.
|Waterjet Cutting||Laser Cutting|
|1. Material type||Suitable for most material types||Suitable for some metallic materials and do not possess highly reflective finishing.|
|2. Material thickness||Up to 6 inches ( selected material )||Up to 1.5 inches ( selected material )|
|3. Precision||+/- 0.003–0.008 inch.||+/- 0.001–0.003 inch|
|4. Heat distortion||None||Yes|
|5. 5-axis||Cut materials in virtually any orientation and at any angle (ranging from 0 to 90 degrees). Capable of producing complex and intricate parts and those requiring beveling and contouring.||No|
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