Laser Cutting | Accurate & Reliable Laser Cutting Service
Installed in the spring of 2021 our new Durma Fibre optic laser cutting facility enables us to provide a cost effective service with very quick turnaround times. Although we keep the laser busy with our range of in house manufactured products we are still able to offer a significant service for laser cut parts within the region.
It’s vitally important to us to have raw materials at the end of our fingertips to ensure minimal delays. So, with that in mind, we stock 30 tonnes of both mild and stainless sheet at all times, all kept in pristine condition within our brand new insulated buildings.
Benefits of Laser Cutting
There are many advantages to laser cutting, not just for us but also for our clients. Below, we have listed some of the key reasons:
- Our machines have the capacity to run 24 hours, 7 days a week, because our laser cutter doesn’t need to be monitored overnight. This means that we are able to accommodate our clients’ needs no matter what the time of day. Furthermore, we are also able to keep our production costs as low as possible by keeping overheads low.
- Our laser cutter, provides some of the fastest and most accurate metal cutting in the business. In fact, it’s so efficient, that our costs are kept low and transferred back to our clients.
- We have no physical contact with the metal during the cutting process. This means that we greatly reduce the risk of marking and distortion during production.
- Our “Durma HD-FO 3015 2KW” machine is one of only a very few in the country! It provides the best possible cutting quality of a fibre laser on the market at incredible speeds
Laser cutting is a technology that has been used in industry since the 1970’s. The first common application was for sign-making, mainly cutting acrylic. Since then the process has been adopted and adapted by virtually every industry group, and is now a significant process in every manufacturing economy. Laser cutting is excellent at processing many different materials. Unlike physical machining laser profiling is not affected by the hardness of a material, meaning materials such as high carbon steels can be cut as easily as standard mild steel.
The cutting process is very complex, but basically involves pre-piercing the material outside the area of desired cut, moving the laser beam into the cutting area to apply heat, and finally use an assist gas to remove the heated material and produce the cut. The type of assist gas employed is critical, and is dependent on the material to be laser cut; most commonly used are Oxygen (used predominantly for carbon steels), Nitrogen (used for non-ferrous steels & non-metals) and Argon (used for more exotic materials such as titanium).
Laser cutting works by melting, burning or vapourising the material, while an assist gas is employed to “clear” the cut zone of the molten / burnt material or the gas vapour. In the early days of laser cutting the setting of the laser to produce the desired effect was very much a manual process and very complex. The latest machines now come with many of the common parameters pre-programmed, allowing much easier setting. However operators still require many hours of training to run a laser safely, efficiently and economically.
The technology involved in our set-up means that our metal cutting is not only unbelievably accurate, but is completed at a rapid rate too. For this reason we are able to offer our competitive prices for laser cutting services without compromising on quality – A world class service with a local feel.
We operate a brand new 2021 Durma industrial laser. Our fibre laser can handle larger sheet sizes so allows us to carry out all tasks with a maximum part size of 3000mm x 1500mm and up to 12mm thick (6mm in stainless steel) with minimal human interaction! Whether it’s a one off part or a very high volume requirement, we are equipped to offer a speed turn-around.
The purchase of Laser cutting has been supported by European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development. Titled Scotts Laser cutter project. The grant has enabled our business to bring this process in house for the first time, reducing our manufacturing costs and creating highly skilled jobs. Our spare capacity allows us to offer this service now to a wider audience.
European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development