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Introduction to Laser Cutting

Industrial Laser Cutting Edmonton

Industrial laser cutting is about exciting mixtures of gas, like CO2, with electricity, to cut the material by evaporating the material. Power supplies create laser beams mixed with inert gasses. These inert gasses are then pressurized to cut through materials such as plastic, wood, paper, metal, and glass.

Laser cutting is all about the detailed and the complex. There are many benefits of using a laser cutter when doing architectural and metal signage work.

Part Accuracy

The beautiful thing about cutting with lasers is the intricate designs they can make. Parts and signs are cut with lasers aimed at a ‘true position’ of within a few thousandths of an inch and ‘repetition’ of that same accuracy as well. This means the laser’s accuracy of production is within as tiny a margin of error as possible to what is reported as the true part size. Moreover, the laser can sustain that accuracy over and over again so that each and every produced part is identical.

Part Complexity

Works of art often require delicate and finely detailed cuts to be made. Older technologies used to cut metals with machine stampers which made design modifications difficult and cumbersome. With IMARK’s laser however, virtually any shape that can be imagined can be created. The gas involved in the production process are super-heated with electricity and handle some of the toughest materials with ease, like stainless steel, aluminum and mild steel.

Shapes-Smooth Curves and Sharp Edges

Lasers can cut both sharp edges or smooth curves with equal ease. To do this the laser simply turns on its axis to the imprinted pattern and cuts precisely in the desired direction and angle. Additional time and labour costs are saved because rough edges, that older methods such as stamping would leave behind, no longer have to be smoothed. Rather, the laser leaves undisturbed edges every time. It’s a surreal experience seeing the amazing things IMARK can create with its laser cutting equipment which before would have been impossible with conventional tools.

Thickness

Thinner material is cut much faster than thick material, up to 6 or 7 hundred inches a minute. With thicker material, the material is cut much slower. Lasers can cut up to 5/16″, or, about 1/4 inch thick but can handle even thinner materials than the average, down to twenty or twenty two thousandths. When cutting particularly thin materials, it can sometimes be necessary to stabilize it from the vibrations of the heated gasses by fastening the material being cut to another surface. However, not many projects require this, and our lasers can normally cut extremely fine. 

Laser cutters complete highly detailed work with sophisticated technology and overall reduce the time and cost to make complicated laser cutting projects become a reality. To learn more about the benefits of laser cutters and how we can help you, contact us today.

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