Laser cutting is a very particular type of hot cutting process that – as implied by the name – uses a laser to cut shapes or designs into materials like sheet metal. As the laser passes along the surface of the material, it melts or “cuts” what it comes into contact with – thus offering a process that is far more precise than ones using traditional dies or other tools.
But at the same time, it’s important for you to understand that not all laser cutting companies are created equally. If you want to make sure you’re finding a partner who can meet your needs on your next big project, there are a number of qualities you should be mindful of.
The Art of Laser Cutting: Breaking Things Down
By far, the most important thing to look for in a laser cutting partner has to do with the quality of the equipment they use.
At Yarder Manufacturing, for example, we have multiple state-of-the-art Trumpf lasers as the foundation of our laser cutting operations – allowing us to deliver precise, clean and accurate parts whenever our customers need them. The Trumpf Model L3030, for example, is capable of working with sheets of up to 5′ by 10′ in size. It even includes an innovative option that allows us to add new features into parts that have already been cut in the past.
Not only that, but the automatic material feed system allows is to run accurate production 24 hours a day, seven days a week – meaning that there is truly no deadline too tight for us to handle. Once the part files are in the computer and we’ve confirmed that everything is operating as it should be, the system itself will be able to take it from there. Capacities will obviously vary depending on the material, but our equipment ranges up to 1″ mild steel or stainless steel, and up to 1/2″ aluminum.
More than anything, you’ll want to find a company that is willing to act as more than just another services provider – they should be collaborators and genuine partners in every sense of the term. At Yarder, we can work with any CAD design files our customers prefer. This makes it easy for them to communicate their needs so we can get their product to market faster.
We will also work directly with you on your designs, leveraging the full power of our years of experience to your advantage. If we see any changes or adjustments that may be necessary, we’ll explain to you what they are and help make sure you understand why they matter – all so that you can have the most complete information to work from at all times.
If you’d like to find out more information about how to choose the right laser cutting partner for your next big project, please feel free to contact the team at Yarder Manufacturing today.