Working in or building a metal fabrication shop can be a creative, fun, exciting venture. However, when it comes time to choose the new machines that you'll invest in, many people find themselves confused. Before you buy another traditional metal cutter, you should think about the benefits of investing in a laser cutting machine. Here are a few of the many reasons why your shop could benefit from laser cutters.
It Can Speed Up Your Production
Since laser cutting is an automated process, it's fairly quick and easy. It takes less time to cut metal with a laser cutter than it does with traditional metal cutting machines, so you can get more done in the same period of time.
It Is A Precise Tool
The nature of the laser cutter creates final cuts that are clean, precise, and not altered by the tool itself. For that reason, the laser cutter is a popular choice for those creating precision items and having little margin for error.
There Is No Contamination
When you use a laser cutter, you eliminate the metal blades as well as the heat source that is often used to cut metal. Since these metal blades can sometimes introduce contaminants that can alter the metal, and the heat will warp or alter the cutting edges, eliminating the use of either one is the best way to reduce the contamination, both from particles and heat.
The Metal Stays Secure
Laser cutters are designed to hold the base material secure as they go through the programming to cut the final product. You won't have to worry about the metal shifting or having to balance a piece of metal as you are engaging the blades on the cutter. It's easier, and the metal will stay secure throughout the whole process.
You Can Do Delicate Work
Laser cutters are precise, and they can be programmed to do just about anything. That means that they are a great choice in environments where you need to do delicate work. Whether it's engraving, detailed cuts for patterns, or any other delicate needs, a laser cutter can get the job done with little worry.
They Aren't As Energy Demanding
Laser cutters are efficient, so they don't require the same energy load that is demanded by most of the mechanical and traditional metal cutters. If you're looking for something that is effective but still lower in energy demand, a laser cutter is a great way to go.
Contact a company like Garelick Steel for more information and assistance.