What is Laser Cutting?
Laser cutting is a very popular craft today. To have the edge at making products from the laser cutter, it is a huge advantage to have a creatively trained mind to be able to produce products that have a need in the market place. It is also an advantage to have computer drawing software skills.
Laser cutting, as the name may suggest, is the process of cutting material using a laser beam. This can be done to either trim down material or to help cut it into complex shapes that more conventional drills would struggle with.
This laser process also has the ability to engrave for that unique brand of a company or the wedding couple’s name for example, on the product been developed for that special occasion.
What is the laser cutting process?
The laser cutting process works by having a focused and precise laser beam run through the material that you are looking to cut, delivering an accurate and smooth finish. Initially, the laser is used to pierce the material with a hole at the edge, and then the beam is continued along from there.
The laser being used essentially melts the material away it runs over, so is more like melting than cutting. This means that it can easily cut light materials such as cloth up to tougher metals.
You can use either a pulsed laser beam or a continuous wave laser beam, with the former being delivered in short bursts while the latter works continuously. You can control the beam intensity, length and heat output depending on the material you are working with, and can also use a mirror or special lens to further focus the laser beam.