Laser cutting is a technology which uses a laser to cut materials, and is usually used in industrial manufacturing. Laser cutting works by directing the output of a high power laser at the material to be cut. The material then either melts, burns or vaporizes away leaving an edge with a high quality surface finish.
Advantages of laser cutting over mechanical cutting:
- lack of physical contact
- reduced chance of warping the material that is being cut as laser systems have a small heat affected zone.
- Some materials are also very difficult or impossible to cut mechanically and only the selected laser is used.