Popular uses for laser cut parts
Laser cutting is a versatile process that has become a staple in many industries over the past few years. Advances in technology have brought laser cutting an ability to work with a number of different materials (Check out our article on the best metals for laser cutting here.) These advances have brought laser cutting to not just being able to cut a precise line through a thin plate of steel. Now, laser cutting can actually cut, engrave, and mark materials of many different thicknesses and makeups. The idea of cutting gears and other flat parts seems the most obvious use for laser cutting, but it has a number of other interesting uses as well.
With laser cutting’s ability to accurately reproduce parts relatively quickly, it has found a home in the automotive industry. The automotive industry has a great need for exact replicas of piece of different shapes and sizes. Laser cutting it used to cut metals and plastics to form body pieces of the vehicle, electronic components, as well as interior covers and buttons. Additionally, the laser cutters can be used to engrave buttons on the interior of the vehicle to have light come through or even to record the serial number and part number on to manufactured pieces. The dies that are used for cutting different pieces can also be laser cut.
Laser cutting also lends itself to being able to cut hydro-formed parts. These are usually strong tubes that are used to lend support within the structure of the vehicles. Commonly, these pieces are used to create the engine frame or the instrument panels.
Die, Mold, and Tool Industries
As mentioned, laser cutting can also be used for making dies to cut replica pieces. With the laser’s ability to cut different depths into the medal, an extremely accurate die can be made for stamping pieces that will last through the repetitive process of die cutting. Additionally, the laser cutting can make replicating the die a quick and accurate process as well. Laser cutting can also be used to make injections molds with the same accuracy that it does dies. This simplifies the process of mold making and makes reproducing the mold precisely a much less time consuming and costly endeavor.
Within the tool manufacturing industry, laser cutters can be used not only for marking and engraving as done in the automotive industry, but also for the manufacturing of simple hand tools. The speed of laser cutters might even make it better than die cutting on sturdy metals. With its versatility of material usage, you can even used the laser to engrave company logo and tool information on to the rubberized handles of most tools.
The precision of laser cutting lends itself easily to the jewelry making processes and needs. Take for instance a watch with its numerous small gears. Due to the accuracy that a laser can cut, these gears are able to be processed with less waste and less time than previously done. In addition, the laser’s engraving capabilities can mark the parts as part of the manufacturing process.
Since the laser is able to cut precise shapes and thicknesses, laser cutting can be used to make jewelry as well. Creating a ring or bracelet of an exact width, depth, and diameter is easily done by the laser giving a jeweler a great part to work with in the final creation of the piece of jewelry. The laser can also be used to engrave designs and inscription on to the interior or exterior surface of the piece.
These examples are just a few of the possibilities of laser cutting’s uses. Laser cutting also has uses in electronics, aerospace, and medical industries just to name a few more. The technology behind laser cutting continues to advance and while it is not without limitations, the possibilities are bountiful. To find out just how best to create the parts you are looking to manufacture, contact the experts at Engineered Mechanical Systems today and take that step to a wonderful manufacturing journey.