In 1965, the first laser cutting machine was produced to drill drill holes to make diamond molds. This machine was made by the Western Electrical Engineering Research Center. In 1967, the first British cut the sheet metal by oxygen spraying. In 1970, laser was used in aerospace technologies for cutting titanium. When we look at the laser sheet cutting history, we can reach a 50-year history. In the past, laser cutting machines were used for cutting with oxygen welding machines. Since oxygen cutting was done manually, laser cutting was not as easy as cutting metal and smooth. With the inclusion of laser cutting in the industry, production errors are eliminated and minimum waste targeting can be made easier.
Some steps should be determined before laser cutting. First of all, we have to determine the material to be laser cut. Since there are differences in precision and speed between stainless steel laser cutting and carbon steel plate cutting, laser cutting prices also differ. After determining the thickness of the plate to be cut sheet, we need to determine the dimensions of the plate to be cut according to the shape of laser cutting. This is mainly due to the minimum waste target on the plate after laser cutting. Although each laser cutting company uses different programs for laser cutting with minimum fire, laser cutting made by drawing with autocad is accepted by everyone. Let’s say we have determined our plate sizes according to the shape to be placed on the laser cut plate sizes.
Things to do before laser cutting
There are a few important points here.
Laser cutting shape
Dimensions of laser cutting machine
Laser cut sheet size
Laser Sheet Cutting Drawing
After selecting the material to be laser cut, it is necessary to make autocad drawing according to the dimensions of the plate to be laser cut. After the Autocad drawing is done, the laser sheet is loaded into the cutting machine program and positioned on the plate with minimum waste. Thus, we minimize the waste from the plate to be laser cut.
Laser cutting machine dimensions
Laser cutting machines as standard
1200 mm x 2500 mm
1500 mm x 3000 mm
2000 mm x 3000 mm
can be in different sizes. The sheet metal plate sizes that we will use according to the dimensions of this laser cutting machine are also determined.
Standard Dimensions of Sheet Plate
1000 mm x 2000 mm
1200 mm x 2400 mm
1250 mm x 2500 mm
1500 mm x 3000 mm
If you are going to cut sheet metal instead of ready plate, you can determine sheet size by making sheet metal cutting in different lengths.