At Accurate Metal Products, we bring over 25 years of industrial metalworking experience to our clients. One of our main offerings is precision laser cutting, a service that enables us to cut a wide range of metals – including steel, stainless steel, alloy steel, and low-alloy steel – into specific shapes and sizes according to our clients’ needs.
A CLOSER LOOK AT OUR CAPABILITIES
Our CNC-controlled Fiber Laser cutting tables are designed to handle parts up to 72 x 144. We can work with stainless steel up to .75 in. thick and carbon steel up to 1 in. thick. We are committed to precision, working to minimum tolerances (length & width) of <.1793 +/-.003″, >.1793 – .25″ +/-.005,>.25″-.375″ +/-.006″, >.375″ -.5″ +/-.008
Repeatable Cut-Edge Quality
Hole and Internal Shape Cuts
Low Alloy Steel
Up to 1/2″(Steel)
Up to 3/8″(Stainless Steel)
Up to 10′(120″)
Up to 5′(60″)
Narrow to Reduce Waste
Tolerance(+/-)(Length & Width)
*Free Delivery (150 mile Radius of Milwaukee or Rockford)
Low to High Volume
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Agriculture, Automation / Production Equipment,
Construction, Mining, Nuclear, Material Handling,
Municipal/ Government, Power Generation, Rail, Wind
Heavy Duty Vehicle
AutoCAD (DWG, DXF)
An Overview of the Laser Cutting Process
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The laser cutting process relies on a high-powered laser to cut through material. As the laser beam passes across the workpiece, it heats, melts, and partially or entirely vaporizes localized sections. An assist gas protects the laser components from thermal damage and expels the excess waste material from the targeted areas, assisting in the formation of the desired cuts.
The design and configuration of laser cutting equipment vary depending on the project specifications. For example, parts with high precision and accuracy requirements are generally made on CNC laser cutters to achieve tighter dimensional tolerances. The type of laser employed-e.g., CO2 vs. solid-state—is similarly dependent on the part and production needs.
CO2 lasers utilize carbon dioxide as the active laser medium. Compared to fiber lasers, they are generally much weaker. As such, they are typically used for cutting through non-metal and other soft materials or engraving metals and other hard materials.
Fiber lasers are one of the most commonly employed types of solid-state lasers. They utilize optical fibers made from rare elements (e.g., neodymium or ytterbium) as their active laser mediums. Compared to CO2 lasers, they are more powerful, meaning they can cut a broader range of metal and non-metal materials. Other key advantages include better precision, accuracy, and efficiency.
Laser Cutting Benefits
In comparison to other cutting processes, laser cutting offers a number of benefits, such as:
Better cutting precision and accuracy. Laser cutters-especially CNC-compatible units-allow for the cutting of parts and products with highly complex and/or intricate designs to tight tolerances. This quality ensures the finished pieces comply with the design specifications from one part to the next and between runs.
Broader design flexibility. The laser cutting process readily accommodates a wide range of designs in varying sizes and thicknesses as the equipment simply needs to be reprogrammed to suit the project specifications.
Lower risk of mechanical and thermal distortion. Since the laser cutting process is inherently contactless, there is a smaller chance of mechanical distortion occurring in the workpiece, including for highly thin of flexible materials. Additionally, the use of a focused beam decreases the average size of the heat affected zone (HAZ) on the workpiece compared to other cutting processes, which, in turn, reduces the risk of thermal distortion.
Smaller material utilization-to-waste ratio. Laser cutting technology allows manufacturers to achieve greater precision and accuracy during cutting operations, which enables them to place individual part designs closer together on the workpiece without sacrificing product or process quality. As a result, the overall amount of material required to complete a laser cutting operation is much lower than other cutting processes.
The Materials We Laser Cut
Both steel and stainless steel are commonly used in laser cutting operations, given their compatibility with the process. At Accurate Metal Products, we offer precision laser cutting for steel, stainless steel, and other alloy and low-alloy steels. Our large CNC-controlled, fiber laser cutting tables can process materials up to 72 x 144 and up to .75 inches thick (for stainless steel) or 1 inch thick (for carbon steel). Our stringent minimum tolerances (length & width) are <.1793 inches +/-.003 inches, >.1793–.25 inches +/- .005 inches, >.25–.375 inches +/-.006 inches, and >.375–.5 inches +/-.008 inches.
AN INSIGHT INTO THE LASER CUTTING PROCESS
Laser cutting is a procedure that uses a high-power laser to cut through material. As the laser beam traverses the workpiece, it heats, melts, and either partially or entirely vaporizes specific sections. An assist gas shields the laser components from thermal damage and expels excess waste material from the target areas, helping to create the desired cuts.
The design and configuration of laser cutting equipment may differ based on the project specifications. For instance, parts requiring high precision and accuracy are usually crafted on CNC laser cutters to achieve closer dimensional tolerances. The type of laser employed—like CO2 vs. solid-state—is likewise dependent on the part and production needs.
CO2 lasers use carbon dioxide as the active laser medium. These lasers are generally weaker compared to fiber lasers and are typically used for cutting non-metal and other soft materials or for engraving metals and other hard materials.
Fiber lasers, a common type of solid-state laser, use optical fibers made from rare elements (e.g., neodymium or ytterbium) as their active laser mediums. They are more powerful than CO2 lasers, making them capable of cutting a wider range of materials, both metal and non-metal.
They also offer better precision, accuracy, and efficiency.
The Benefits of Laser Cutting
Compared to other cutting methods, laser cutting offers several benefits, such as:
1. Improved cutting precision and accuracy: CNC-compatible laser cutters allow for intricate designs and parts to be cut with tight tolerances, ensuring consistency from one part to the next and between
2. Greater design flexibility: Laser cutting can accommodate a wide range of designs of different sizes and thicknesses, as the equipment simply needs to be reprogrammed to match the project
3. Lower risk of mechanical and thermal distortion: Laser cutting is a contactless process, reducing the chance of mechanical distortion in the Additionally, the use of a focused beam decreases the heat affected zone (HAZ) on the workpiece, thus reducing the risk of thermal distortion.
4. Decreased material waste: Laser cutting allows manufacturers to achieve greater precision and accuracy, enabling them to place individual part designs closer together on the workpiece without sacrificing product or process quality. As a result, less material is wasted compared to other cutting processes.
Industries & Applications We Serve
The AMP team delivers precision laser cutting services to a wide range of industries, such as:
Automation / Production Equipment
We produce laser cut components for agricultural and automation equipment, armor plating, heavy-duty automotive and truck parts, and OEM parts.
Contact The Experts at AMP for Your Laser Cutting Needs
Laser cutting allows for the manufacture of highly precise and accurate components. If you’re looking for a partner for your laser cutting needs, turn to the experts at Accurate Metals.
At Accurate Metals, we offer precision laser cutting capabilities for projects involving steel and stainless steel alloys and low to high production volumes. In addition to our laser cutting capabilities, we also offer cleaning, packaging, barcoding, and other post-processing services to achieve a complete or near-complete solution. We can comply with a variety of industry standards (e.g., ANSI, ASME, ASTM), depending on customer specifications.
For more information about our laser cutting services and how they can help in your next project, contact us or request a quote today.