What Are the Best Materials and Thicknesses for Laser Cutting?

One of the many blessings of laser cutting – especially for those who have many years’ experience in the cutting method – is just how easily it can be applied to many different types of material. Few, if any, other cutting methods can measure up to laser cutting’s ability to handle ceramics, woods, rubber, some thermoplastics, and carbon and steel (to name the most general categories) at a high degree of tolerance. The fact is that Wilke has proved itself time and again in fabricating fine-tuned parts and components for a variety of industries using any of these materials. Whether using laser cutting to build birdhouses for the house and garden industry, or applying our technology to carbon steel to help manufacture parts for tractors, modern steel-frame buildings, and railway cars, we can pretty much make it happen given our long years of practice.

As far as goes thickness, a general rule of thumb for applying laser cutting is up to 1″ carbon steel, up to 5/8″ stainless steel, up to 1/2″ aluminum, up to 1 3/8″ acrilic and up to 1 1/2″ for wood and wood composites. While other means of cutting can cut thicker material than laser cutting, laser cutting covers a huge range of possible applications, to say the least. By effectively narrowing the spot size of the cutting point, a laser cutter’s sharpness can be increased enormously. Add to that the fact that by arranging the assist gas so that’s more intensively focused, you can cut more deeply by eliminating excess molten metal and other rubbish away from the kerf, and you’ve got yourself a powerful, “all-terrain” means of production.

At Wilke, our machinists and technicians are as finely-trained as their laser cutting and engraving instruments are accurate. For an even better sense of what Wilke Enginuity can do for your business, read some of our other entries in this blog, or consult our website.

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