Laser Cutting & Its Limitations
October 18, 2023
Laser cutting is pretty much always the most precise and fastest (and therefore, the cheapest!) way to cut up your metal. However, there are a few exceptions!
In some instances engineers request a waterjet cut from us even when more expensive to prevent a HAZ (heat affected zone) on their parts, this is normally for people planning on post-process machining. The HAZ can cause material to burn away on thicker materials, causing a wider tolerance. A big no no for some engineers! Other times a HAZ can cause a laser cut edge to be harden and become more difficult to machine away after.
Downside of the waterjet, of course, is the price! It’s A LOT slower than laser cutting on every material other than aluminium 12mm+ in thickness.
Most of the time, there’s no need to deviate from the trusty laser anyways, especially when cutting steel and stainless steel! If you have a dxf, you can switch cut types whilst in the basket on our online quote page now, allowing you to seamlessly compare cut types. Take a look here –> quote.unicornlasercutting.co.uk Make sure you read our Quality Assurance page first so you know what to expect from either machine!Cloud Manufacturing Laser Cut Components Laser Cut Metal Laser Cutting Online Quotation Waterjet Cutting