A selection of questions and answers to help you make the right choice.
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What is laser cutting?
Laser cutting is a way to cut precise patterns in metal, plastic, wood, and practically every other material that man works with. It allows a level of accuracy and complexity impossible with conventional machining tools. Laser cutting works by exciting a gaseous medium, commonly carbon dioxide, causing it to amplify light reflected back and forth multiple times within the laser chamber. The light emerges from an aperture and is focused by a lens onto a specific point.
A typical process laser has a beam about a 1/5 of a millimeter in width, focusing 1000 to 2000 watts of energy. This is enough to melt most common materials. Because lasers become less focused and lose energy as they penetrate through a material, there is a limit of about 20 mm for the deepness of the cut. Laser cutting machines are integrated into a larger CAD/CAM (computer-aided-design, computer-aided-manufacturing) system that takes a design file and implements it on a workpiece. These machines represent a stepping stone in the continuing trend away from hands-on manufacturing, putting human workers in a more removed, creative design role.
What is water jet profiling?
A water jet cutter is an industrial tool capable of cutting a wide variety of materials using a very high-pressure jet of water, or a mixture of water and an abrasive substance. The term abrasive jet refers specifically to the use of a mixture of water and abrasive to cut hard materials such as metal or granite.
Waterjet cutting is often used during fabrication of machine parts. It is the preferred method when the materials being cut are sensitive to the high temperatures generated by other methods. Waterjet cutting is used in various industries, including mining and aerospace, for cutting, shaping, and reaming.
What is Pressing?
A press brake is a special type of machine press that bends sheet metal into shape. Some press brakes have CNC controls and can form parts with accuracy to a fraction of a millimetre.
What metal thickness can your laser cut?
Mild & Stainless Steel = Upto 25mm
Aluminium = Up to 30mm
Experts In Our Field
If you are faced with a difficult situation and perhaps others have tried and failed to provide a totally effective solution, please give us a call.
AK Sheetmetal was established in 1997. The directors have over 60 years of experience between them. The company is now well established and has recently expanded into a second site locally.
Our workshop is fully CNC controlled for our laser profiling, to guillotine, press brake and rollers.