When you hear the words, “laser cutting”, what do you think about? Some ultra-precise hi-tech process? Lasers cutting through things? All of the above? If these were your thoughts, you have a basic understanding of the process. However, to beef up this understanding, in today’s blog, we at Fort Miller FAB3 would like to share with you some more information regarding this process.

If you are in the Saratoga Springs’ area and are in need of laser cutting, contact us. We are your go-to laser cutting shop. We have state-of-the-art laser cutters capable of being applied to numerous applications. Our machines can be programmed to cut a wide array of materials, including aluminum, steel alloys, composites, plastics, and much, much more. Learn more about our laser cutting service, and contact us today for more information or to schedule your free consultation.

What Is Laser Cutting?  

Laser cutting is simply the process of using a laser beam to cut through metal, wood, rubber, plastic, and virtually any other material. Using a concentrated beam of optic light—kind of like a lightsaber—laser cutters are able to rapidly heat, melt, and partially vaporize metal or whatever material it is cutting. 

Advantages of Laser Cutting

  • Fast
  • Reliable
  • Repeatable
  • Precise
  • Capable of cutting a wide variety of materials and thicknesses
  • Quick setup and adjustment time
  • Highly efficient
  • Limited cleanup required

How Is Laser Cutting Different From Plasma Cutting?

Plasma cutting is a surprisingly old process—invented sometime around the 1950s. The process of plasma cutting was born out of the need to cut metals that were resistant to the popular flame-cutting processes. These flame-cut-resistant metals include stainless steel, aluminum, and copper. Unlike laser metal cutting, plasma cutters use a highly concentrated channel of electrically conductive gas. This gas acts as a vessel to transmit energy from a plasma torch to the material, resulting in a clean cut.

Interesting Facts About Laser Cutting

  • Laser cutting began more than a half-century ago.
  • There are over 25,000 laser cutting applications.
  • Laser cutting is extremely efficient and environmentally friendly.
  • Oxygen cutting is cheaper than nitrogen cutting and is used for most mild steels.
  • LASER is an acronym for Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation, and it was first coined in 1959 by Gordon Gould.
  • Laser cutting has earned a reputation for being extremely accurate (precision up to a billionth of a meter).

Are you in need of a laser metal cutting machine? Stop by our Saratoga Springs’ laser cutting shop! At Fort Miller FAB3, we are not only prepared to handle all of your laser metal cutting, but we can also handle all of your other metal fabrication needs. From robotic welding to plasma cutting to CNC machining to sandblasting, we’ve got you covered. Our fully equipped metal fabrication shop is ready to handle a single custom job, special request, or a high-volume production. Our skilled technicians will work with you to ensure that you get the exact end result you need, regardless of how unique or specific your request is.

Contact us today for more information or to schedule your free consultation!