Laser Profiles FAQ

Laser Profiles FAQ:

In today’s highly competitive manufacturing landscape, achieving optimal precision and efficiency is paramount. Laser profiling emerges as a leading technology, offering unparalleled accuracy, speed, and flexibility across various industries. This article delves into the numerous advantages of laser profiling, showcasing why it’s a preferred choice for businesses aiming to enhance their production capabilities and product quality.

What are Laser Profiles?

The term laser profiles originates from the generic term metal profiles which is used to describe flat metal parts such as those pictured below, before the advent of laser cutting these parts would have been produced using press tools such as those made by our sister company Moseley Brothers.

Laser cut metal profiles

What Material Can Be Laser Profiled?

Most metals, including mild steel, stainless steel and aluminium can be profiled and millions of tonnes are laser processed around the world each year. Other materials such as plastic and leather are also laser profiled, please note though that GF Laser only laser cut metals.

What Thicknesses Can Be Laser Profiled?

GF Laser cut material up to 20mm thick in mild steel, 12mm in stainless steel and 12mm in aluminium. However, material thicker than this can be cut with high powered lasers and waterjet cutters. We also cut as thin as 0.5mm steel.

How does laser profiling compare to traditional machining?

Laser profiling offers a safer and cleaner alternative to traditional mechanical cutting methods. Since the process is contactless, there’s a reduced risk of accidents and injuries. Additionally, laser profiling produces less debris and dust, contributing to a cleaner work environment and reducing the need for extensive cleanups. This aspect is especially important in industries where cleanliness is critical, such as in food processing, aerospace or medical device manufacturing.

Flexibility in Design and Prototyping

The capabilities of laser profiling extend beyond mass production. The technology offers unparalleled flexibility in design and prototyping, allowing for the rapid creation and testing of complex designs without the need for expensive moulds or tools. This flexibility accelerates the development process, enabling businesses to innovate and respond to market demands more swiftly. When coupled with Press Braking Laser Profiling is also a great process to use for prototyping with the ability to supply laser cut and folded parts within 24 hours of placing an order.

For further details on the laser cutting GF Laser can provide please contact a member of the sales team today.