Service Overview

CNC Laser Cutting Services

Laser cutters produce metal parts from sheet material using a laser beam to vaporize sections of the workpiece.

eMachineShop offers a cost-effective cutting solution whether you need a single part, batch of prototypes, or a production order.

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Advantages

  • Can produce parts of almost any 2D shape
  • More precise and economical than plasma cutting
  • Fast turn time
  • Can be used to etch instead of cut

Design Considerations

  • Sharp inside corners may be slightly rounded due to beam radius
  • Edges will be heat affected
  • Edges may have some draft
  • Minimal kerf width
  • Keep hole diameters equal to or larger than the material thickness

What is a 2D Part?

2D parts are significantly more cost-effective to manufacture than 3D parts, so understanding what makes them different is essential.

An example of a 2D part is a stencil as shown. A stencil is considered 2D because it has no features on its sides and is modeled using two or fewer thicknesses.

2D Part example

eMachineShop Made Sheet Parts


aluminum laser cut clock face

laser cut wing joiner part

3 laser cut parts with holes stacked on each other

stainless steel laser cut part resting on a garage door

black laser cut sheet part

aluminum laser cut sign with a man pushing a saw

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Preparing CAD Models for CNC Machining

CNC machining offers many advantages compared to other processes including precision and quick turns. CNC machining is among the most demanded services due to its accuracy and efficiency. CAD (Computer Aided Design) enables realistic computer models of parts to be built and assembled using CNC machining, beginning with sketching a design model on CADsoftware. The completed design is then converted into other file formats where it is then imported into CAM/CNC software and converted into G-code, the programming language that directs the CNC machines.

Laser Cutting Materials and Types of Lasers used in Laser Cutting

CNC machine shops offer CNC laser cutting services for laser cutting various materials. Laser cutters are capable of laser cutting aluminum, steel, metal including laser-cut sheet metal, and a wide range of additional materials including wood, glass, plastics, papers, foams, and textiles. CNC laser cutting machines are ideal for custom laser cutting projects and laser engraving projects.

The CO2 laser is an engraver and a cutter. Mainly four types of lasers are used for cutting, CO2, fiber, neodymium (Nd), and Nd:YAG lasers. CO2 lasers are the most common lasers due to their high energy and efficiency. CO2 lasers are most suitable for engraving, cutting, and boring projects.

Laser cutting of metal sparks fly

Benefits of CNC Laser Cutting

Laser cutting machine technology

Among the many benefits of CNC laser cutting are flexibility and precision, cost-effectiveness, and great quality. It offers faster processing times and accuracy though it is more difficult to accomplish cutting thicker materials, which may be more suitable for waterjet cutting. Another perk is versatility since laser cutters are not only limited to cutting materials but can be used for marking as well. This process involves using a laser beam to engrave or mark a surface.

Laser marking methods include laser engraving, which is commonly used on metals, plastics, and stone, carbonizing, which is often used to mark leather, wood, and paper, and foaming, which is used on light-colored markings, as well as removing and staining. CNC laser cutting services are available in CNC machine shops and the advantages mentioned above make them a valuable tool in the manufacturing industry.

What our customers say

Thomas Howlett
Thomas Howlett
May 12, 2022.
I haven't had anything made by them, but I've used their software to design some prototypes and get quotes. Maybe soon.
Brian Spellman
Brian Spellman
May 12, 2022.
Got the part made as exactly I wanted it for my RV converted bus project.
Richard Raney
Richard Raney
April 29, 2022.
very efficient quoting and reasonable price, but slow delivery. Products are excellent.
LJ
LJ
November 9, 2021.
Fair, fast quote. Materials were manufactured quickly and shipped about a week ahead of schedule. Thank you!
Maite Azcorra
Maite Azcorra
November 5, 2021.
Perfect execution, perfect service, perfect timeliness. What else can you ask from a custom machining service. Thanks!
Bill Clancy
Bill Clancy
October 28, 2021.
Perfect. Aluminum was cut exactly as specified in my diagram and fit perfectly.
Mike Wolff (The Wulfff)
Mike Wolff (The Wulfff)
October 18, 2021.
Needed gripper fingers for robot arm; Good final product, great price, accurate to print, fits on the robot, alignment not 100% but within tolerance. Week or so delay from initial due date, as was expected due to complexity of the shape. Overall would have liked notification of delay, need to keep checking back otherwise you aren't notified until it ships, but would use the service again.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What if I’m a complete beginner to CAD software and have no knowledge about machining?

A: No problem! Our software was developed to be powerful enough for professionals but accessible for novices. Our built-in machinist will help keep you on track by providing error messages if you design a feature that cannot be machined.

Q: What if I’m a complete beginner to CAD software and have no knowledge about machining?

A: No problem! Our software was developed to be powerful enough for professionals but accessible for novices. Our built-in machinist will help keep you on track by providing error messages if you design a feature that cannot be machined.

Q: What if I’m a complete beginner to CAD software and have no knowledge about machining?

A: No problem! Our software was developed to be powerful enough for professionals but accessible for novices. Our built-in machinist will help keep you on track by providing error messages if you design a feature that cannot be machined.

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