Laser cutters are commonly used in a variety of industries, including automotive, boating, mining, architectural, and food, among others. Nowadays, the people involved in these industries frequently use this advanced technology to laser cut metals, packaging designs, electrical components, boat engine parts, ornamental designs, home furniture, and much more
It’s a given that laser cutting is one of the best cutting processes for metals, ceramics, plastics, paper, wood, and a number of other materials. After all, it boasts a high level of accuracy, is less likely to make mistakes during production, has a low power usage, and is less prone to damaging materials in the assembly line.
Because of its unbeatable advantages, metal laser cutting services have become more in demand around the world, including Australia. As a result of the ever-growing demand for this specialised service, a number of laser cutting Sydney companies emerged over the years and started to offer several manufacturing solutions that range from brass laser cutting to sheet metal bending.
But what are the other cutting processes that can also get the job done – but don’t get the same level of attention as the much cooler laser cutting technology? Let’s go through three of them in here.
Having been around since ancient Egyptian times, sawing is one of the oldest cutting processes known to man. Saws are generally used to cut hard materials such as wood, stone, and metal. And they are being used extensively in demolition, construction, and forestry up to this day. Whether sawing is performed by hand or with the help of a power source, it is one of the most practical methods of cutting available since a saw is much cheaper compared to the tools used for other, more advanced cutting processes. However, its ability to produce quality cuts relies heavily on the skill of the tool’s user.
- Water Jet Cutting
Through the utilisation of a high-pressure stream of water, a water jet cutter can cut a wide range of materials that include everything from rubber and wood to granite and metal. It is the go-to cutting method of industries (aerospace and mining) that need to cut materials that are sensitive to high temperatures. When cutting through harder materials, abrasives are usually added and inserted at the tool’s nozzle. No abrasives are required for cutting delicate materials. Similar to laser cutting technology, a water jet cutter is capable of routinely cutting precision parts with ease.
- Photochemical Machining
Photochemical machining is a unique chemical milling process comprised of numerous important steps, each of which is a crucial prerequisite to the next. This process is commonly used to fabricate sheet metal components and can produce convoluted parts with extreme precision and detail. Since the tooling in photochemical machining is inexpensive, it is considered as the more economical alternative to laser cutting, punching, and stamping for thin gauge precision parts. When it comes to its cutting power, this process is highly capable of cutting through a variety of materials, including metals, jewellery, heat sinks, microwave circuits, fuel cell components, and so much more.