Laser cutting enables complex geometries to be processed as quickly and precisely as possible. In addition to classic punching, laser cutting has established itself as the standard in the industry, as even small quantities can be produced economically. But even for large quantities, laser cutting remains a cost-effective alternative because of their clean, narrow, often post-processing-free cut edges.
Laser-cut parts can be obtained from almost any material and in all sheet thicknesses. With it, sheets can be cut in thicknesses from 0.1mm to 25mm. For stainless steel sheets, the maximum possible thickness for laser cutting is currently even 30mm.
Due to the selected material thickness, minimum dimensions must be observed in the sheet metal design, since too much energy input on one surface leads to a faulty production result and the desired workpiece quality cannot be achieved:
- Minimum dimension for web width = 0.7 x Material thickness
- Minimum dimension for slot width = 0.7 x Material thickness
- Minimum dimension for hole diameter = 0.7 x Material thickness
If the hole diameter falls below the minimum dimension, subsequent drilling and thus an additional manufacturing step becomes indispensable.