What is CNC Laser Cutting at GF Laser?

CNC laser cutting is a less commonly used term for the laser cutting we offer but essentially all laser cutting in the UK is CNC controlled.

What is CNC Laser Cutting?

CNC stands for Computerised Numerical Control. It is a computerised manufacturing process in which pre-programmed software and code controls the movement of, in our case, the laser head. It also tells the laser what to do at a certain point, for example cut a 5mm hole.

You can find a more in depth description on Wikipedia.

CNC machining doesn’t just control lasers it controls a range of complex machinery, such as grinders, lathes, and turning mills, all of which are used to cut, shape, and create different materials.

Most CNC laser cutting is carried out offline in modern manufacturing. At GF Laser we use TruTops to programme our lasers, this software is developed and maintained by the laser manufacturers Trumpf. We also have an offline Press Brake simulation software supplied to us via Amada.

The image below shows our large format 4000mm x 2000mm laser in action laser cutting some fairly simple parts from mild steel. This type of laser generally cuts in two axis X and Y, although there is some vertical movement in the Z axis.

CNC Controlled Laser Cutter

We can also change the numerical programmes on the laser itself if required although this isn’t our preferred option as the changes aren’t automatically reflected in the underlying CAD. However, it can be useful for the operator to make changes “on the fly” quickly when required without waiting for the programming team.

To get the most out of our CNC laser cutting machines we make sure our operators and programmers attend a number of off and onsite training courses. This also includes ongoing refresher training when required.

If you are interested in our laser cutting services please contact us today.