Laser Cutting Service
Laser cutting service by Fractory makes ordering your parts simple. You can just upload your CAD files – both 2D drawings and 3D models – onto the platform for an instant quote and lead time.
After confirming, we take care of the manufacturing, using state-of-the-art machinery which guarantees top quality. We also organize the transportation of your parts. This leaves time for the engineers to add even more value to your products by perfecting the design.
Using laser cutting services for metal cutting is the best way to guarantee a great end result. Lasers can quickly cut complex shapes with unparalleled accuracy and quickness.
Using CNC Laser Cutting Services
State-of-the-art laser cutters only need manual work for setting the parameters. All the cutting is done automatically. Combining the autonomous workflow with impressive speed allows you to keep the project costs low.
These CNC machines make tight tolerances possible. The positioning accuracy for laser cutting is +/-0.004 inches. Because of the high speed, the thermal effect on the material is low. This makes it possible to cut small holes with a diameter 1/2 of the material thickness. The cutting kerf for laser cutting is less than 0.02 inches.
The resulting parts have outstanding quality and need little post-processing.
Fractory’s network of manufacturing partners includes a variety of service providers with capabilities for all sorts of projects and materials. These include regular mild steels, stainless steels, high-strength steels and non-ferrous metals. The latter group includes materials like aluminum, brass, bronze and titanium.
The upper limit for laser cutting thickness is around 1.2 inches. When looking to cut metals in larger thicknesses, please visit our plasma cutting service page for more info.
Order Laser Cut Metal Parts
- Go to Fractory’s platform.
- Upload your CAD files onto the platform. DXF drawings are suitable for laser cut flat parts. For parts with bends, please upload a 3D model in STP format.
- Select your material and address for an instant price and lead time.
Fractory’s laser cutting service takes care of shipping as well. Just select your address and we deliver all over the US.
The lead times are less than 3 weeks for air freight and under 5 weeks for shipping.
Our Customers & Projects
Our portfolio of projects ranges widely. These include one-off custom laser cut parts for robot prototypes and series production for all kinds of machinery.
Our customer segments include the following:
- Automotive – car panels, motorcycle components, roll cages for racing cars, etc.
- Production lines – panels, structural parts, shafts, etc.
- Maritime – aluminum boat frames
- Forestry & agricultural machinery – panels, structural frames, shafts, etc.
- Robots – custom panels, structural parts, moving components, etc.
As you can see, we can cater to the needs of a wide range of industries. However, we would advise you to check out our design requirements to make sure that we can produce your parts according to the design.
What Materials Can We Cut?
At this time, we only concentrate on metal cutting. See the list below for different metal cutting capabilities and the maximum recommended thickness for each material.
Mild steel – up to 1 inch
Stainless steel – up to 1.2 inches
Special steels (Hardox, Strenx, etc.) – up to 0.8 inches
Coated steel – up to 0.2 inches
Aluminum – up to 1.2 inches
Copper alloys – up to 0.5 inches
Production by laser cutting is actually suitable for a wide range of non-metal materials as well. These include MDF, acrylic, wood, card, paper, etc. Unfortunately, we are not currently offering cutting services for the aforementioned materials.
Online Laser Cutting
You can see a 3D STP model uploaded to the platform above. The algorithms detect cutting and bending operations and price the job accordingly.
As you see, there is no need for a manufacturing drawing when using a STP file. The platform generates flat pattern drawings on its own.
The quoting system is free to use. Engineers can now make knowledgeable decisions on design and choice of materials, keeping costs in mind.
When placing an order, our algorithms choose the best-suited manufacturing partner for the job. The choice depends on several factors, including availability (lead time), location, the material you select, etc.
Still, Fractory is the only point of contact through the whole process from quoting to delivery. You are not asked to consult with our manufacturing partners yourself.
Online laser cutting helps you to:
- Reduce lead times
- Assess costs
- Find a manufacturer with competitive prices
- Find a manufacturer with the right capabilities for your job
Advantages of Laser Cutting
As we have pointed out, laser technology has a few advantages over other cutting methods regarding certain qualities. To put them to work in your favor, it is good to be aware of them.
So, here is a list of the main advantages of laser cutting:
Flexibility – One sheet with 100s of different complex cuts is an easy job for a laser cutter. Custom laser cutting is available for a variety of materials. The technology can also engrave the parts as necessary.
Accuracy – The aforementioned precision for cutting and positioning answers to high demands.
Repeatability – +/- 0.002 inches ensures that a series of parts are nearly identical.
Fast – The advantage is speed becomes especially evident with thin sheet metal. The ability to speed up the manufacturing process results in lower costs.
Cheaper – Laser cutters are pretty efficient in their use of energy. Also, many workstations are fitted with shuttle tables that reduce the need for handling. Less manpower means cheaper prices per piece.
Simple cutting files – CNC laser cutting machines can read drawings and 3D models without any other input from the machine operator. The necessary data is all readily available without any extra dimensions on drawings.
Small heat affected zone – The HAZ is a side-effect of all thermal cutting methods. As the laser moves quickly, it does not heat up the metal as much as the other technologies, though. Thus, the heat-affected zone is also comparably small.
If you want more information about the possibilities on offer, don’t hesitate to contact us via email. One of our sales engineers will get back to you at the first opportunity.