Laser cutting - as its name might suggest - is a process that uses a laser to cut materials. Most industrial manufacturers today use laser cutting services as part of their production cycle. Laser cutting subcontractors are referred to as “job shops.”
A high power laser is needed for the cutting of materials, though the term "cutting" might be slightly inaccurate, because the laser doesn't actually "cut" in the traditional sense. The laser burns, melts or evaporates the material when it is applied. The result is a high quality finished edge. Laser Cutting Services can be used to cut everything from metal to plastic and from wood to paper.
There are other benefits to laser cutting services. For workers, it means there is less danger because there is not the same kind of contact with the machine as other cutting machines. A computer controls the laser so there is less possibility of injury. There is little wear on the laser so there is often a great deal more precision offered by a laser cutter. On the negative side, there may be high costs associated with laser cutting services because of the amount of energy needed to operate the cutters.
There are three main types of laser cutters. Flying Optics has a stationary X and Y axis table, whereas the Y axis on both Hybrid and Pivot-Beam lasers is moveable. Laser cutters are used by many companies to cut flat-sheets of the needed material, as well as some piping materials.
Some laser cutting services also offer laser engraving which is quite similar in process to cutting, except for the fact that the laser does not go right through the material.
There are some misconceptions about laser cutting services. Some believe that this type of cutting is only used for high precision jobs, whereas in reality companies use the laser for cutting all sorts of materials and also for many types of jobs.