One of the most challenging aspects of prototypes to production manufacturing is consistent close tolerance machining using of a wide variety of materials. We have come a long way from the days of bandsaws, oxygen acetylene cutting torches and carbon arc cutting. There are many processes for cutting an array of diverse materials. Let’s examine the advantages for using a precision CNC machining facility with laser cutting and laser engraving capabilities.
New Generation Laser Cutting and Laser Engraving
Laser cutting and laser engraving technology has advanced to include a vast assortment of materials and thicknesses up to one inch for some materials. While water jet cutting can cut just about anything, laser cutting and laser engraving machines are 10-20 times faster and far more accurate and reliable at these speeds. Time is money and accuracy means less waste, saving you on the bottom line of your prototypes to production manufacturing project.
Old vs. New Processes
Newer laser cutting and laser engraving machines can accurately and reliably cut and engrave your parts with minimal resources. Older methods including water jet machinery uses extreme high-pressure pumps to pump an abrasive slurry at pressures greater than 50,000 PSI through a nozzle requiring excessive amounts of power, consumables (abrasives, nozzles, hose, etc.) and maintenance. And, let’s not forget to mention the noise and disposal of the used abrasive slurry which is often classified as hazardous waste. Other processes such as plasma cutting, electrical discharge machining (EDM) and sawing have many of the same disadvantages.
JW Machine’s laser cutting and laser engraving services produce the best of accuracy and reliability, while offering production speeds unmatched in the industry. Call our experts to get your project evaluated today.