Using Laser Cutting For Your Business's Production Needs
When a business is needing a material cut, the option of using laser cutting services can be a solution. Yet, there can be enough misinformation about laser cutting to cause a business to underutilize this cutting option.
Myth: A Laser Will Melt the Metal It's Cutting
Businesses will often assume that a laser-cutting process will work by melting the metal that the beam strikes. However, the process is more complex than this as the laser will actually vaporize the metal. This is accomplished by the beam rapidly heating the metal to the point of instantly vaporizing. While the surrounding parts of the metal may become hot by being in close proximity to the laser beam, they will not get hot enough to actually melt. As a result, this method of cutting can produce extremely smooth metal edges.
Myth: It Will Always Be Best to Invest in Your Own Laser-Cutting System
While some enterprises may benefit from investing in a large scale laser-cutting system, most enterprises will find that working with a laser-cutting service will be more convenient and efficient. This is due to the fact that there are limits to the thickness that a particular laser cutting system will be able to penetrate. In contrast, professional laser-cutting services will have large scale and flexible equipment that will allow them to cut through metals that are much thicker than the systems that your enterprise could afford or have the space to store. Furthermore, these machines will require highly specialized training to be able to use them to be operated safely while achieving the desired results. Due to these challenges and limitations, the costs of working with a professional laser-cutting service will pale in comparison.
Myth: Reflective Materials Are Not Compatible With Laser-Cutting Systems
There are some metals that will be extremely reflective when it comes to light. Aluminum is an excellent example of one of these metals as it can produce a strong reflection when it is struck by light. Some business leaders will assume that this reflectivity will make it impossible to use a laser-cutting service for these materials. However, the reflectivity that is produced by these metals should not be a major issue for modern laser-cutting systems. This is due to the ability of some of these laser systems to be configured to use infrared light, which will not be impacted by the reflectivity of the surface that it is hitting.
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