It is possible to use lasers to cut virtually all types of materials
Traditionally, tube cutting has been done through a lathe. This has been the standard machining method for decades. But this method has a number of disadvantages. The cut quality is usually poor, and processing defects are also prevalent.
Another method is a rotary cutting technique. This method has the benefit of achieving high production rates on shorter parts. However, the cut edge may be rough, and there are risks of causing pressure or deformation. This technique is used to cut steel automotive fluid transfer lines, and general carbon steel components.
The most advanced tube cutting technique is the pull-apart cut. The key to the success of this technique is to remove the burrs and ensure the cutting surface is clean and free of defects. It also simplifies the secondary operations.
It can be programmed with material programming software to accommodate different tube shapes and sizes. It can be equipped with an autofocus CNC fiber laser cutting head that tracks the workpiece's surface. The blades can be mounted up to four times on the rotary head, and the laser spot can move in three-dimensional space relative to the machining surface.
It is possible to use lasers to cut virtually all types of materials. The main advantages of lasers include speed, precision, and good time control. In addition, the tool is relatively inexpensive. It can be resharpened for up to 3 million cuts. It has a small environmental impact.
It can cut a variety of tubing types, including copper, aluminum, and flexible tubing. It is able to process other size and shape features, such as notches and holes. It can be used to produce high volumes of high-quality tubes. It is also a good choice for on-demand manufacturing.