American Metal Fab: Optimizing Laser Cutting Efficiency

In the quest for laser cutting excellence, the “laser cutting kilowatt race” has resurfaced. This competition was notable with CO2 machines in the 1990s and 2000s and is now taking center stage once again with fiber lasers. The question that metal fabricators face is, “What laser power is the right fit for your operation?

The answer to this question requires a deep dive into various factors, including material thickness, grade, and part geometries involved in your cutting processes. However, before delving into the specifics, it’s crucial to take a step back and examine the bigger picture. Your choice of laser power should align with the holistic aspects of your business, encompassing four key areas: customers, resources, capabilities, and operating costs.
While the customer mix serves as the driving force, the remaining three areas wield significant influence over the type of fiber laser that will best suit your business. Therefore, a comprehensive assessment of your operation, considering these four facets, is paramount to making an informed decision.

The article at hand, sourced from The Fabricator, provides valuable insights into navigating the intricate landscape of laser cutting power requirements.

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