Home/Blog/Metal Fabrication/Everything You Need to…
laser-cutting

Everything You Need to Know About Laser Cutting Services

Published on May 29th, 2020

 

Established in 1983, California Steel Services has been providing outstanding laser cutting services to its clients. To meet the growing demand for its services, California Steel Services operates from a 7-acre facility entailing a 78,000 sq. ft warehouse with state-of-the-art equipment and recently added a new 87,493 square feet warehouse.  California Steel Services provides steel distribution services ranging from road plates, mud truck plates, road construction plates, hot rolled plates including A-36 plates, A-516 Gr 70 plates, A-572 Gr 50 plates, and specializes in steel leveling,  forming, equalizing, slitting, laser cutting, plasma cutting, and flat bar line. Since laser cutting is one of our most admired and most demanded service, this article will outline everything you need to know about laser cutting services.

How Does it Work

California Steel Services produces complex parts ranging from 0.03” to 0.75” thick with burr-free edges and no distortion.  Laser cutting is an advanced cutting process available for many metal fabrications projects.  Laser Cutting Services is the best option to produce accurate and precise cuts for projects that require laser-level precision. Our laser cutting services involve a high powered highly focused laser.  Our state-of-the-art machines run the laser beams through the materials, piercing a hole.  The laser then cuts through the material, leaving a clean cut with a smooth finish.  California Steel Services laser is up to 6,000 wats, operates on a 72 inches x 156 inches cutting table, and can deliver 0.03 inch to 0.75-inch material thickness.

What is the quality of the cut?

California Steel Services laser cutters involve a focused, narrow beam that ensures highly precise cuts. Because they are programmed by a computer and cut with such precision, the cuts are highly accurate as well. During the cutting process, the laser beam smoothes the cut, creating an overall high-quality cut that will be reliable in the manufacturing process and allows for intricate designs.

How does Laser Cutting Compare to other Cutting Processes?

Laser cutting is an extremely energy-efficient process and uses significantly less power than most other cutting systems. Laser cutters also produce more accurate and precise cuts than other cutting mechanisms. It is a faster process than cutting processes such as waterjet cutting. Additionally, the cutting process is much safer for the operator than a free-running blade.

Is it possible for laser cutters to damage the material?

Laser cutters do not damage the materials being cut.  Laser cutters are extremely precise and focused, making the heat damage very minimal. The laser smoothes the cut as it is cutting, leaving no damage done to the surrounding area of the cut.

Which Industries can California Steel Services provide Laser Cutting Services?

California Steel Services provides its services to the manufacturing industry where precise and accurate cuts allow manufacturers to use laser cutters to create parts for many different industries including:

  • Automotive
  • Aerospace
  • Semiconductor
  • Electronics
  • Medical
  • And many more

Why is Laser Cutting a Good Fit for Sheet Metal Fabrication?

When choosing a cutting process for a sheet metal fabrication project, it is important to consider the capabilities of the tool you choose compared to the needs of your project. For many fabrication projects using sheet metal, laser cutting is the best choice. Here are some of the reasons why laser cutters are typically a good fit for sheet metal fabrication projects

Speed and efficiency: Lasers can cut through materials very quickly. The exact speed will depend on tolerances and the intricacy of the parts. Cutting speeds can be increased even more through multi-head lasers or multiple lasers working at once.

Automation: The machines are entirely run by computer controls. Someone will enter codes into the computer, leading to parts and products with little to no variation and significantly fewer defects.

High precision: Laser cutters have highly detailed capabilities, able to create small cuts and tight tolerances. If you need intricate cuts, laser cutters are the best choice. They create smooth, sharp, and clean edges and curves. They will also produce little to no burring because the laser melts the material, rather than cutting it. Laser cutters are a great fit for sheet metal fabrication because they are highly precise and will create accurate, high-quality cuts.

Highly Versatile: The cost of operation, speed of the machine, and easy operation make laser cutters a good fit for any size product. Because laser cutters are accurate and precise, you can be sure that the result is of the highest quality. Laser cutters can cut through a wide variety of materials, including most metals, making it an ideal option for sheet metal fabrication. They can handle tight tolerances and intricate designs, ensuring that any project is within their reach. Laser cutters are also one of the fastest options for cutting sheet metal, ensuring that your project will be completed on time with minimal disruption.

California Steel Services Laser Cutting Services

It is important to do your research when choosing a metal fabrication or steel services provider, as not all companies can complete the same quality of work. California Steel Services has years of experience, honing our skills across the board to deliver a quality product and measurable bottom-line value to our customers. California Steel Services also allows clients to submit DXF, DWG and NC1 files that can be uploaded to our computers for faster and efficient service. Our assignments are completed to the required specifications and in time to meet the installation schedule.

Back to News