Laser cut sheet metal projects in zintec and mild steel during October 2014
Laser cut zintec panels
I have shown this recent laser cutting project because it’s actually a hybrid part with laser cutting and CNC punching used to produce the final sheet metal blank. If you look closely by clicking on the image you can see that the part has formed dimples that have been pressed in place on our Trumpf 200 CNC punch press. We laser cut the part from 0.9mm zintec just using compressed air. We then ran it through the CNC punch press a blank at a time to press in the dimpled feet forms. It’s easy for us to use both laser cutting and CNC punching to get the best process from either machine to suit your sheet metal parts project.
Laser cut mild steel panels
These mild steel panels have been laser cut using nitrogen to give a perfect clean edge ready for powder coating. Again as with the part above we have used both the laser cutter to produce a clean blank and then a CNC punch press to form in the CSK holes that you can see here. These parts were originally CNC punched but needed a lot of edge deburring to produce a clean edge before powder coating but now the laser cut edge is all that is needed. Also, there is no need to worry about the size of circular holes whether we have the correct tooling as any size hole is achievable with the laser cutter without any fuss.
Laser cut thick mild steel plate
These mild steel plates have been laser cut with oxygen as the assist gas. They have been cut in 5mm thick mild steel and need no further edges preparation. The laser cutting process is perfect for this type of work if there are only a few parts, thicker material and with curved shapes. You might have a sheet metal project and not sure whether it should be laser cut or CNC punched, please give us a call and we will be happy to look at it both ways and give you the most competitive price for you component.