A fiber laser is a solid state generated laser beam that is transmitted to the cutting head of the machine through a small fiber optic cable. This directed source of light is used to heat the material being cut to a molten state in a very concentrated area, and assist gas, usually nitrogen or oxygen, to push the molten material and create a slit.
Cutting with a fiber laser provides numerous benefits over other alternatives, including:
- Higher accuracy than Plasma cutting or torch cutting
- Better edge quality than Plasma cutting or torch cutting
- Faster production of parts - well suited for large production runs
- Lower tooling costs than stamping
- Capability to tackle complicated geometries that a punch press cannot easily deliver