In the past, cutting materials accurately required extremely skilled workers who would have to use specially designed cutting tools, but thanks to recent advances manufacturing technology this can now be achieved by a relatively unskilled workforce, meaning that costs have been brought down considerably. Laser cutting companies supply many different devices for this application, but the standard principal remains the same across the board.
This guide will fill you in on everything you need to know about industrial laser cutting and how it can help your business grow into a much more efficient organisation.
How Does It Work?
Laser cutters use beams of concentrated light to bore holes and cut shapes out of a wide range of materials including; steel, wood, and polycarbonates. Although it’s not always best suited to large scale manufacturing, the clean edges and flexible process mean that smaller businesses often find laser cutters to be indispensable.
Software is usually sold alongside the hardware that allows users to program specific designs and material thicknesses into the machine, and this information is then used to create perfect 3D representations of your design ideas.
What Is It Used For?
The simple answer? Almost everything. From cutting paper to resizing metal tubing, this technology has totally revolutionised most of the manufacturing industry in the UK over the last 10 or so years (since laser cutters have become affordable). In fact, most high schools in England now own laser cutters and they train students to use them as part of their Design and Technology GCSE course, so this should give you some indication about their popularity within engineering circles.
Who Can Benefit From It?
Any business that cuts materials frequently should seriously consider investing in one of these contraptions. Although they’re still rather expensive, most companies find that they pay for themselves within a year or two. Just think, if you’re having to pay a highly skilled worker £15 per hour to skillfully and accurately cut materials, you could save over £8 per hour by employing an unskilled worker and training them to use this machine.
Will It Cut Anything?
Almost. As i mentioned previously, most laser cutters aren’t suited to large scale production. This is because cutting machines have limitations with regards to size and thickness. So if you’re trying to successfully bore through 20 sheets of 2 inch thick steel, you’ll probably encounter some problems. That said, whatever you think you might need a cutter for, it’s always worth contacting a supplier and asking if they have anything that could do the job, as technology is progressing at a phenomenal rate these days.
So there you have it my friends in manufacturing. A quick and simple guide to everything you need to know about industrial laser cutting. We hope you’ve found the information in this article of some use and are now better placed to make the right decision about the most appropriate solutions for your business. Just remember that the phrase “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” really doesn’t apply to manufacturing organisations. Yes your current system probably does work well, but if you want to stay ahead of your competitors, you really need to move with the times.