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Everything you need to know about laser cutting [Infographic]


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Steel cutting can be a daunting venture for novices. Differentiating between the forms of steel cutting and what is best suited to a project can be overwhelming. If a novice is looking to slice, cut or trim materials, the popular technique of laser cutting may be best suited for the project.Growing in popularity, laser cutting uses a CAD file to cut a design from a given material and is gaining traction in small businesses, schools and specialised engineering firms.

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Everything you need to know about laser cutting [Infographic]

  1. 1. STEEL CUTTING CAN BE A DAUNTING VENTURE FOR NOVICES. DIFFERENTIATING BETWEEN THE FORMS OF STEEL CUTTING AND WHAT IS BEST SUITED TO A PROJECT CAN BE OVERWHELMING. EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT LASER CUTTING WWW.SHAPECUT.COM.AU 1800 ShapeCUT (1800 742 732) #1 Thermal stress cracking This is best suited to brittle materials such as glass. The focused beam localises thermal heating and expansion. ShapeCUT has been offering quality steel cutting in Brisbane for over 20 years. A historical track record of quality products is important to us, as is the latest news and information in steel cutting. Call ShapeCUT for all your steel cutting needs in Brisbane. October 2017 ShapeCUT EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT LASER CUTTING #3 Melt and blow Also termed ‘fusion cutting’, this technique uses high-pressure gas to blow away molten materials. Metals are typically laser cut in this fashion. #4 Flame cutting This process is ideal for carbon steel with a thickness over 1 mm. #2 Vaporisation cutting Vaporisation cutting uses extreme heat to generate a key hole cut. This method is ideally suited to materials that do not melt such as carbon or wood. THERE ARE 4 MAIN TYPES OF LASER CUTTING: The high-powered laser is most commonly directed through optics. The laser beam is focused onto the material and follows a CNC or G-code to burn, melt, vaporise or be blown away by a jet of gas. Laser cutting results in some of the highest quality surface edge finishes.