5 tips for Laser Mental Cutting
Now, more and more metal processing companies no longer use sharp tools to cut workpieces, but use lasers, which are called laser mental cutting. Here are five interesting facts about laser mental cutting technology.
(1) It has existed for more than half a century
Although it sounds like a modern cutting process, laser mental cutting has actually existed for more than half a century. In the mid-1960s, researchers at the Western Electrical Engineering Research Center produced the world’s first laser mental cutting for cutting diamond holes.
(2) Some laser mental cutting can perform welding
Depending on the type of laser, the laser mental cutting can also perform the welding process. At present, there are three types of lasers widely used: CO2, Nd: YAG and fiber lasers. All three types of lasers can perform welding processes, but the process is slightly different.
(3) The optical lens focuses the laser to only 0.001 inches
The optical lens used in the laser mental cutting plays an important role in the high-tech cutting process. They can focus high-power lasers on a workpiece area that is only 0.001 inches in diameter. All the heat generated by the laser is concentrated in this small area, so that high-precision cutting can be performed.
(4) A large amount of power is required
Not surprisingly, laser mental cutting requires more power. According to Wikipedia, commercial laser mental cutting have an efficiency rating of 5% to 45%. Having said that, the actual power consumed by laser mental cutting depends on the specific type of machine and the output settings configured for it. However, compared with other cutting processes, laser mental cutting requires a lot of power.
(5) Laser mental cutting requires auxiliary gas
The laser mental cutting process requires the use of auxiliary gas. When the laser heats the workpiece, the pressurized gas coaxial with the beam will blow away the molten metal to achieve the cutting process.