Laser cutting is a technology that uses a laser to cut materials, and is typically used for industrial manufacturing applications. Laser cutting works by directing the output of a high-power laser most commonly through optics. The laser optics and CNC (computer numerical control) are used to direct the material or the laser beam generated. A typical commercial laser for cutting materials would involve a motion control system to follow a CNC of the pattern to be cut onto the material. The focused laser beam is directed at the material, which then either melts, burns, vaporizes away, or is blown away by a jet of gas, leaving an edge with a high-quality surface finish.
Fun Fact: In 1965, the first production laser cutting machine was used to drill holes in diamond dies. In 1967, the British pioneered laser-assisted oxygen jet cutting for metals.
Macksteel has three lasers to service all your laser cutting needs; a Trumpf 4030, Trumpf 1030, and our flagship laser, the Trumpf 5040 5kw fiber laser with auto load/unload capabilities.
Our laser cutting capabilities include high-speed, high-accuracy processing of the following materials:
– Steel up to 1″ thickness
– Aluminum up to 1″ thickness
– Stainless up to 1″ thickness
– Standard laser cutting tolerances are +/- .005″
Our Trumpf 5040 5kw fiber laser, paired with our Trumpf LiftMaster Compact, allows us to run fully automated laser cutting jobs with no operator intervention required. Simultaneous, standardized, and highly reliable loading and unloading of the pallet optimizes capacity utilization as well as improves positioning accuracy and increase overall process reliability.
Being able to run our Trumpf 5040 “lights out” reduces laser cutting labor costs saving you and your company valuable money.