What materials can a Fiber laser cutting machine process?
BCAM fiber laser cutting machines offer small and large companies the ability to affordably laser cut metal such as stainless, carbon steel, galvanized, and even aluminum materials. As a result companies have a great opportunity to cost effectively and efficiently laser cut highly intricate metal parts, prototypes, and customized pieces in house including:
►thin sheet metal
►superior speed for <5mm
►operating cost effeciency
►greater service life
BEST LASER TYPE FOR CUTTING METAL
Today, when it comes to cutting metal there's actually over 100 different types of metals you could process. Depending on what industry you are in you probably have at least one or more types of metal you need to laser cut. FIBER or GAS (commonly CO2) laser represent the two most common processes for processing metal whether it be ferrous or non-ferrous metals. YAG or crystal laser technology has been used in the past primarily for thick metal cutting, but it is more expensive and offers a significantly shorter service life compared to CO2 and fiber laser processing.
If you're wanting to laser cut thick metal (over 5mm) then CO2 will be more efficient and faster as far as straight line speeds and piercing times at the beginning of the cut. Additionally, the downside and upside is that CO2 is really only able to process stainless steel, but also organic materials like wood, acrylic, leather, fabric, stone, etc.
Fiber laser beam offers a metal friendly wavelength that is metal absorbs more efficiently. The smaller spot size (1 micron wavelength), and excellent beam profile make it ideal for cutting most any metals. Most notably compared to CO2 fiber has straight line speed that's 2-3x faster when cutting thin sheet metal at 3mm or less.
As far as operating costs fiber needs only about 1/3 the operating power compared to CO2. Also, fiber offers lower down time, less ongoing maintenance all translates to increased productivity.
For this reason fiber has been quickly displacing the traditional CO2 laser in most metal cutting applications.