You have two options to choose from when finding a laser cutting material for your sheet metal manufacturing process or for when you have something else to cut. These two sources are the CO2 and Nd:YAG lasers. You should compare the two choices together when seeing what works for your laser cutting demands.
First, there is the carbon dioxide or CO2 laser. A staple in the laser cutting service industry, CO2 generates infrared light. It is absorbed by plastic, glass and acrylic materials among other organic items. The infrared light produced by a CO2 laser is strong enough to cut through many surfaces.
The Nd:YAG laser use neodymium that has been spread along a crystal made with yttrium aluminum garnet. The combination generates a laser with a near-infrared wavelength that is smaller than what a CO2 laser uses. The Nd:YAG laser works on metals and other inorganic surfaces. The laser cannot be absorbed by traditional organic compounds.
What Works Best?
The Nd:YAG laser is best for sheet metal manufacturing as it offers more power for going through thicker surfaces. The smaller wavelength allows the laser to cut through even the toughest metals. It is also appropriate for your engraving and boring needs. A laser cutting service may adjust the intensity of the laser to fit along your metal.
A CO2 laser works best if you have organic compounds or if you have lighter surfaces that can go alongside a metal construction. You can use CO2 lasers for cutting plastic tubes or surfaces, for instance. CO2 is also ideal for when you need something that works longer. This laser choice is designed with repetition in mind.
Be sure to see what you are using when contacting a laser cutting service for help with producing sheet metal or anything else you might require for a project. Premier Engineering can help you figure what is right for your task at hand.