3 steps to Laser Cutting

Laser cutting technology has come a very long way since its inception and this has vastly contributed to great improvements in the manufacturing industries.  With the latest laser cutting technology, we now have the ability to manufacture many different types of materials, and on a much larger scale than ever before.  If you think back to the beginning of the age, laser cutting tools were only used for small jobs like engraving or edging but massive, industrial Cancam laser applications can now aid in many manufacturing industries.

Laser cutters allow you to process many, large-scale operations with massive machines—often in a warehouse—all controlled by computer programs. To use a laser step properly—safely and effectively—make sure you follow these steps.

STEP 1: Preparation

As with most things, great success is in the preparation; and this is particularly true when you are dealing with high risk machines like laser cutters. Obviously, these machines are made with the utmost care and attention to safety but you have to use them properly and adhere to these safety guidelines as well.

Preparing your cut, though, is also important. You can’t just throw your material into the machine and let it do some work. You want to be certain you have adjusted the appropriate settings but also that you are aware of the marks the laser might leave on the material you are cutting.

STEP 2:  Programming

Perhaps the most fascinating innovation of modern laser cutters is that you now have the ability to layer programs. This means you can program the machine to perform a number of complex cuts in order to accomplish higher rates of efficiency.  You can input your design into the computer and it will build the exact item through a series of laser cuts, giving you immense control over several variables.  The bigger and better the machine, effectively, the more complex the series of tasks you can program and, in the end, perform.

STEP 3:  Precision

This step is more about double checking your work than actually accomplishing a specific task. For example, it is important that you make sure that you always cut against the grain, if you are cutting wood.  This is the same whether you are using a hand saw, electric saw, or a laser cutter.  If you do not cut against the grain you always run the risk of the cut slicing too soon or turning crooked; and it can lessen the wood’s integrity.