Laser cutting is the most widely used method of laser processing that makes up 70% of the use cases when it comes to laser applications in manufacturing. Compared to other cutting methods, the most significant advantages of laser cutting is the high speed, precision, and adaptability of laser cutting machines. The lasers can cut clean through carbon steel, alloy steel, stainless steel, aluminum, titanium, copper, glass, ceramics, rubber, plastics, quartz, and other metal and nonmetal materials. The lasers produce a fine slot, with a small heat-affected zone, and operate almost noiselessly. The automated functionality also minimizes production costs.
Sheet metal laser cutting machines replace some outdated production methods that require large complex molds. The laser can shorten the production cycle and reduce costs. The current laser technology is widely used in the production of electrical switches, household appliacnes, textile machinery, light industry machinery, metallurgical equipment, automobile manufacturing, medical equipment, food machinery, and many more industrial manufacturing products.
Recently, the laser industry has undergone rapid development throughout Europe, Japan, and the United States with a 15-20% annual growth rate. China has had a growth rate more than 25% per year since 1985. Through the development of future processing technologies, laser cutting will become an indispensable processing technique used by manufacturers around the world. Laser cutting machines are highly precise and can be used for a number of applications thanks to their adaptability to materials, high speed, and high quality cutting.
New lightweight reinforcing fiber polymer composite materials can be difficult to cut through and process using conventional methods. The use of non-contact laser processing machines allows for laminated sheets to be cut under high heat lasers. The sheet edges are fused and lint generation is avoided. Thick pieces are fully cured, especially boron fibers and carbon fiber composite materials. Laser cutting allows the operator to pay attention to prevent trimming carbonized stratifications and cause thermal damage.