Laser cutting works by directing the output of a high power laser, by computer, at the material to be cut. The material then either melts, burns, vaporizes away, or is blown away by a jet of gas, leaving an edge with a high quality surface finish.
- Tolerances can be maintained to an accuracy of +/-0.1mm.
- Minimal effect on temper when hardened steels is used.
- Plated or coated steels can be cut with minimal damage to the edge.
- Intricate shapes using the old conventional technology was found to be impossible to achieve.
- Surface marring is eliminated on high finished materials.
- For accurate cutting of mated components kerf compensation is used.