Our Laser Cutting Process
For our laser cutting services & applications, S&R Sheet Metal utilizes a CNC “Mazak 4000-watt Super Turbo-X510 Laser Cutter” (5’ x 10’ Table – Cuts ¾” Steel, ½” Stainless, 3/8” Aluminum) and a CNC Plasma cutter with a (5’ x 10’ Table).
These options allow us to cut precision parts & components for our clients with our laser and when tolerances aren’t as critical, we use our plasma cutter.
Before we begin the laser or plasma cutting process, we either design the part on our computer using a special software similar to AutoCad, or the client will send us a file of their design.
Then we nest the drawing onto the computer system of the laser or plasma, adjust the appropriate settings and begin the cutting process, or as we like to say, “burning.”
Laser cutting is a non-contact process. This means that the laser beam used in laser cutting doesn’t physically touch the material that it is working with, instead causing the melting and cutting process through heat, thus minimizing potential damage to the metal / part.
The Benefits of Laser Cutting
Laser cutting uses low power consumption, is a safer method of cutting and laser cutting can work with many different materials, such as:
- mild steel
- stainless steel
- some plastics
Laser cutting has no problem cutting it down in size or helping to create complex and intricate shapes for our commercial and industrial clients as well as decorative art for our consumer clients.
Laser Cutting Products and Applications
The products, parts and components that we cut with our laser and plasma are endless. They range from individual parts or sheets of metal that will make a final product from, once it is lasered or plasma cut,then it will be formed, rolled, welded and assembled.
Some items include:
- small brackets
- roofing materials
- machine parts
- motor guards
- food grade counter tops
- equipment modifications
- extensions for forklifts
- scoop buckets
- water storage tank panels
- control rooms
- sound booths
- military parts and more
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Laser Cutting Offers Precise Results and Less Waste
Laser cutting is incredibly precise. The highly accurate and precise nature of laser cutting is one of the greatest benefits. It allows for highly accurate cuts that leave a clean cut and a smooth finish. This has helped products, components and devices to become much smaller, and vastly reduces the amount of material waste.