Laser Cutting Service

Online laser cutting service by Fractory makes ordering your custom sheet metal parts simple. Just upload your CAD files onto the platform for an instant price and lead time. Our mission is to save engineers’ time for value-adding activities.

Learn more about our capabilities and the quoting process below.

Capabilities

Maximum material thickness
Maximum material thickness
Carbon steel ≤1 inch
Stainless steel ≤0.6 inches
Aluminum ≤0.6 inches
Copper alloys ≤0.5 inches
Cutting area
Cutting area Up to 125 x 790 inches
Laser sources
Laser sources Both CO2 and fiber lasers up to 10 kW
Repeatability
Repeatability Ps: +/- 0.002 inches
Positioning accuracy
Positioning accuracy Pa: +/- 0.004 inches

Laser Cut Parts - Ordering & Delivery

Quote in seconds
Quote in seconds
Short lead times
Short lead times
Delivery by Fractory
Delivery by Fractory

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. 

The process goes like this:

  • 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. Supported formats are STP, SLDPRT, PAR, PSM.
  • Select your material and address for an instant price and lead time.
  • We will deliver your parts all over the US, right to your selected address

If you have any questions, you can check our laser cutting quote page for more information or turn to our engineers via email.

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Why Use CNC Cutting?

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 laser cutting 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 thick metals, please visit our plasma or waterjet cutting service page for more info.

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 laser-cut parts according to the design. Our sales team comprising of mechanical engineers seasoned in the laser cutting industry will help you find the best solutions for your custom parts.

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

Selecting the material for manufacturing

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 3D 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

How Does Laser Cutting Work?

There are generally two types of machines used in the metal laser cutting process – CO2 and fibre laser cutters. Carbon dioxide laser cutters are considered the low cost option while fibre laser cutters are far more efficient being a more recent innovation. The choice between the two comes down to the material selection, price, quality requirements, etc.

The main difference between these two processes is the source where the laser beam is created. Fiber laser source is silica glass mixed with a rare-earth element. CO2 laser source is a mixture of gases with CO2 being the main component.

The laser beam is produced in a sealed glass tube filled with gas. A high voltage flows through the tube and reacts with the gas particles, increasing their energy. In turn, they produce light that is guided through a focusing lens. The focused laser beam melts the metal but for the lasers to work, the emitted heat must be absorbed by the workpiece.

Thus, CO2 lasers cannot cut many materials that are reflective. Fiber lasers handle those reflective metals, such as copper, brass, aluminum and stainless steel, better.

Fiber lasers are simpler and more durable. The light is created by banks of diodes and is then channeled through optical fibers, where it gets amplified. Finally, the lens focuses the light to form a laser beam ready for cutting. This process needs no gases, mirror realignments or warming up, thus keeping the operating costs low.

Although when cutting materials thicker than 5mm, CO2 laser cutting systems are still generally preferred. Thus it makes sense if your laser cutting service provider has access to both of these types of machines to accommodate different projects in an efficient way.

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.

Laser Cutting FAQ

What standards do you follow?

We follow ISO 9001, ISO 9013, and EN 10204 standards.

What are the lead times?

Lead times for US-wide shipping are displayed right on the platform. For flat laser cutting projects, it’s usually approximately 10 working days. Larger orders (over $2000) require manual quotations, ensuring the best offer upfront. Lead times will also be included in the offer.

What industries do you specialize in?

We are not focusing on a certain sector. All metal-related projects are welcome, from industrial machinery to custom design projects.

Can you help with service for CAD design?

Our engineering department can recommend the best software for creating your designs and share relevant know-how to improve your project. However, we do not offer a service for creating the designs.

Do you also offer laser engraving services?

Yes, we sure can make laser engraved/etched parts. The automated quoting system is not available for that, though. So please turn to our sales engineers for a manual quote at info@fractory.com.

Do you use CO2 or fibre laser cutters?

The model you provide will determine the technology we utilize in our quotation, with a view to production. We aim to offer cost-effective options for each individual job while maintaining a high standard for manufacturing.

Can I have bending in addition to laser cutting?

Yes, we do metal bending as well. Just upload a 3D CAD file of your part for an instant quote. No drawings are necessary.

When using your DXF designs, you can add bending to your flat pattern profiles. Simply select “bending” and input the number of bend lines per piece.

Do you cut anything besides metal?

Unfortunately not, although we have CNC machining available for plastic materials. We will definitely keep broadening our material selection to include wood, acrylic, MDF, etc, to the platform in the future. Until then, we are keeping the focus only on metal cutting.

Is there a minimum order size?

No, you can upload even a single custom part using the platform, there is no minimum quantity for orders. Getting a quote is free and fast. You can see the dynamic pricing when changing the specifics of your order. Increasing the quantity will lower the piece price since setup costs are distributed between multiple parts.

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