Sheet metal processing technology is developing rapidly and is also being updated and iterated. In sheet metal cutting applications, the cutting equipment mainly includes (CNC and non-CNC) shearing machines, punching machines, flame cutting, plasma cutting, high-pressure water cutting, laser cutting, etc. Sheet metal cutting has a wide range of applications, such as heavy machinery, ships, garments, glass and other industries. Improving the utilization rate of sheet metal can reduce the production cost of enterprises and bring considerable economic benefits to them.
For sheet metal processing, laser cutting technology is a very advanced cutting process, which can greatly improve labor productivity. In sheet metal processing, the application of laser cutting machine can effectively shorten the processing cycle, improve the processing accuracy, and eliminate various replacement stamping dies when processing highly complex parts with high precision. These advantages have been adopted by many manufacturers. Enterprises attach importance to and begin to actively adopt laser cutting machines for sheet metal processing.
Disadvantages of traditional process
Traditional cutting processes, such as CNC shearing machine, can only be used for linear cutting, which has non-negligible disadvantages compared with the versatile operation of fiber laser cutting machine. Although flame cutting is a low investment, the thermal deformation will be too large when cutting thin plates, which affects the cutting quality of the material and wastes material. It is also not as fast as the processing speed of fiber laser cutting machine. However, for thick plate cutting, flame cutting still has advantages. The accuracy of plasma cutting is higher than flame cutting, but the thermal deformation is larger and the inclination is larger when cutting thin plates. Compared with the precision cutting of laser cutting machine, it is easy to cause the waste of raw materials. High-pressure water cutting has no limitation on material, but the speed is too slow and consumption is high compared with fiber laser cutting machine.
Metal plate laser cutting machine
The machining industry has long been applied in many industries due to its light weight, high strength, good electrical conductivity, low cost, and good mass production performance. What are the advantages of fiber laser cutting machine compared with traditional metal cutting?
- The use of programming software can improve the efficiency of laser cutting
Laser cutting can effectively use the advantages of programming software to greatly improve the utilization of thin plate material, reduce the use and waste of material, and reduce the labor intensity and strength of workers to achieve the desired results. On the other hand, the optimized nesting function can eliminate the undercutting part of thin sheet cutting, effectively reduce the material clamping and reduce the auxiliary processing time. Therefore, it promotes a more rational arrangement of the undercutting scheme, which effectively improves the processing efficiency and saves materials.
- Save product development cycle and realize mass production of sheet metal parts
In the growing market environment, the speed of product development means the market. The application of laser cutting machine can effectively reduce the number of dies used, save the development cycle of new products, and promote the speed and pace of their development. The good quality of laser-cut parts and the significant increase in production efficiency are conducive to small batch production, which strongly ensures a market atmosphere with increasingly shorter product development cycles, while the application of laser cutting can precisely locate the dimensions of punching dies, laying a solid foundation for future mass production.
- Reduced sheet metal processing process and lower production cost
In sheet metal processing operations, almost all the sheets need to be formed at once on the laser cutting machine and welded together directly, so the application of laser cutting machine reduces the process and construction cycle, high efficiency, which can realize the double optimization and reduction of labor intensity and processing cost. It also promotes the optimization of the working environment, greatly improves the speed and progress of research and development, reduces the investment in tooling, and effectively reduces costs.