Introduction

Laser cutting is a technology that uses a laser to cut materials, and is typically used for industrial manufacturing applications, but is also starting to be used by schools, small businesses, and hobbyists. Laser cutting works by directing the output of a high-power laser most commonly through optics. The laser optics and CNC (computer numerical control) are used to direct the material or the laser beam generated. A typical commercial laser for cutting materials involved a motion control system to follow a CNC or G-code of the pattern to be cut onto the material. The focused laser beam is directed at the material, which then either melts, burns, vaporizes away, or is blown away by a jet of gas, leaving an edge with a high-quality surface finish. Industrial laser cutters are used to cut flat-sheet material as well as structural and piping materials.

Layer cutting

Pros

  • High 2D details
  • Large material variety engraving
  • Sharp cutting edges
  • Fastest cutting technique in thin sheets

Cons

  • High smoke and fume during operation
  • Limited cutting thickness
  • Limited engraving depth
  • 2D
Price
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Design tips

Maximum bounding box

570 × 850 × 120 mm

Minimum bounding box

X, Y > 40 mm ( for separated parts)

Minimum engraved detail

Y = 1.5 mm (Z < 1 cm)

Y= 3 mm ( Z < 3 cm )

Y = 6 mm ( Z < 6 cm)

Maximum cutting thickness

15 mm

Minimum feature size

0.5 mm (plexiglass)

Clearance between parts

0.0 mm

Clearance is the space between an two parts, e.g. space between gears or a ball and socket joint.