7 Problems and Solutions in Sheet Metal Laser Cutting You Should Know

In the process of cutting sheet metal with the laser cutting machine, various problems are often encountered.

To ensure cutting quality, here are 7 common problems and common solutions:

Sheet Metal Laser Cutting

Cutting perforation technology.

Generally, for any kind of hot cutting technology, drill a small hole in the sheet metal is necessary except a few cases can start from the edge of the sheet metal.

Previously, it was punched out a hole with the punch mold in the laser stamping machine, then the laser began to cut through the hole.

There are two basic methods for the laser cutting machine without the stamping device:

Blasting perforation

The material formed a pit in the center after the continuous laser irradiation, then the oxygen flow with the laser beam will quickly remove the fused material to form a hole.

The size of the ordinary hole is related to plate thickness.

The average diameter of the blasting perforation is half the thickness of the plate.

Therefore, the perforation aperture of thicker plate blasting is larger and not round.

It should not be used on parts with high machining accuracy and can only be used for scrap.

In addition, the oxygen pressure used in the perforation is the same as that of the cutting and it has too much splash.

Pulse perforation

A pulsed laser with a peak power is used to melt or vaporize a small amount of material.

Common air or nitrogen is used as auxiliary gas to reduce the hole expansion due to exothermic oxidation.

The gas pressure is less than the oxygen pressure when cutting.

Each pulsed laser produces only small particles that are ejected and then gradually in-depth.

So it takes a few seconds for the thick plate to perforate.

Once the perforation is completed, the auxiliary gas is immediately replaced with oxygen for cutting.

In this way, the perforated diameter is smaller, and the perforation quality is better than that of blasting.

For this purpose, the laser should not only have higher output power, but also the time and space characteristics of the beam.

Therefore, the general flow CO2 laser cannot meet the requirements of laser cutting.

In addition, the pulse perforation should also have a reliable gas control system to realize the control of gas type, gas pressure switching and perforation time.

In order to obtain the high-quality incision in the case of pulse perforation, the transition technology from the pulse perforation of the workpiece to the continuous cutting of the workpiece should be taken seriously.

In theory, cutting conditions of accelerating period such as focal length, nozzle position and gas pressure can usually be changed.

But it is unlikely that the above conditions will be changed for too short a time.

In industrial production, it is more realistic to adopt the method of changing the average power of the laser.

The specific method is to change the pulse width, the pulse frequency or changes the pulse width and frequency at the same time.

The actual results show that the third effect is the best.

Analysis of the deformation of small holes cutting (small diameter and thickness).

This is because the laser cutter (only for high-power laser cutting machine) is not taken the method of blasting perforation when machining the hole, but using the pulse perforation (soft puncture).

This makes the laser energy to be too concentrated in a small area, charred the non-processing area, resulting in the deformation of the hole and affecting the processing quality.

At this time, we should change the method of pulse perforation (soft puncture) to blasting perforation (ordinary puncture) in the processing procedure in order to solve it.

For less powerful laser cutting machines, the opposite is true.

It is necessary to use pulse perforation to achieve a better surface finish for small hole cutting.

The workpiece has a burr when cutting low carbon steel, how to solve it.

According to the work and design principle of CO2 laser cutting, the following reasons are analyzed as the main reasons for the burr been generated on the workpiece:

  • The laser focus is not in the right position. The focus position test is needed to adjust the offset according to the focus.
  • The output power of the laser is not enough. It is necessary to check whether the laser generator is working properly. If normal, check whether the output value of the laser control button is correct and adjust accordingly.
  • The cutting line is too slow and needs to increase the linear speed in operation control;
  • Cutting gas purity is not enough, need to provide a high quality of cutting gas;
  • Laser focus migration. A focus location test is required and adjust according to the offset of the focus.
  • Instability occurs due to the long time running of the laser cutter. You need to shut down the laser cutter and restart it.

Analysis of the burr on the workpiece when cutting stainless steel and aluminum zinc plate with the laser cutter.

For the occurrence of the above situation, you should first consider the factors that will cause the burr during the cutting of low-carbon steel.

But you can’t simply speed up the cutting speed because of the increase in speed sometimes can’t pierce the plate.

This situation is especially prominent in the processing of aluminum zinc plate.

At this time, the other factors of the laser cutting machine should be taken into consideration, such as whether the nozzle should be replaced, and the guide movement is unstable.

Analysis of the incomplete cutting state of the laser.

After analysis, it can be found that the following situations are the main conditions for producing unstable processing:

  • The selection of the laser nozzle is not matched with the plate thickness;
  • The laser cutting speed is too fast, and the linear velocity needs to be reduced.

In addition, it is important to note that when cutting 5mm carbon steel plate with the laser cutting machine, it needs to replace 7.5 “focal length laser lens.

The solution for non-normal spark appears when cutting low carbon steel.

This situation will affect the quality of the cutting section of the parts.

At this time, when other parameters are normal, the following situations should be considered:

  • The loss of the laser nozzle and should be replaced in time.
  • Under the condition that no new nozzle is replaced, the cutting work gas pressure should be increased.
  • The screw thread at the joint of the nozzle and the laser cutting head is loose. For this condition, the cutting should be stopped immediately, check the connection status of the laser head, and reinstall the screw thread.

Selection of puncture points during laser cutting.

Working principle of the laser beam during laser cutting:

In the process of processing, the material is formed into a pit in the center after the continuous laser irradiation.

Then the working airflow with the laser beam will quickly remove the molten material to form a hole.

This hole is similar to a threaded hole of thread-cutting.

The laser beam takes this hole as the beginning point of processing for contour cutting.

Normally the direction of the path of the laser beam in the flight path is perpendicular to the tangent direction of the cut contour of the processed part.

Therefore, during the time from the laser beam penetrating the steel plate to cutting the contour, the cutting speed will have a big change in the direction of the vector, that is the 90 ° rotating in vector direction.

A tangential direction perpendicular to the cut profile turn into the tangent line overlaps with the cut contour.

Namely, the angle with contour tangent is 0 °

This will result in a rough cut surface on the cut section of the processed material. This is mainly because in a short period of time, the changes in the moving of the laser beam in the direction of the vector direction are very fast.

Therefore, we should pay attention to this aspect when using laser cutting parts.

Generally, when the design part has no roughness requirements for the surface cutting, no manual control will be set in the laser cutting programming so that the control software can automatically generate puncture points.

However, when the design has a high roughness requirement for the cutting section of the parts to be machined, it is important to take note of this problem.

It is usually necessary to manually adjust the starting position of the laser beam when preparing the laser cutting program, i.e. the manual control of the puncture point.

It is necessary to move the puncture point produced by the laser program to the desired reasonable position to meet the requirements of surface precision of the machining parts.

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4 thoughts on “7 Problems and Solutions in Sheet Metal Laser Cutting You Should Know”

  1. Emad fadel Soliman

    Fiber laser 3000 w 1.5 ×3 m specification and price of machine and shipping to the port of ain sokhna

  2. Hi there, my name is Lucas and I’m a team lead at our company of which has 2 fiber optic lasers we use to cut product.
    We have lots of issues cutting aluminum and anodized aluminum any where from .040 – .375 thicknesses, leaving very bad burrs and also welding and I’m wondering if you can give me some tips on fixing this issue?
    I would greatly appreciate anything that you can help with, thank you for your time and kindness on helping me get these answers that I’m going to need.
    Kind regards, lucas

    1. There is a relationship between the laser power, cutting quality, cutting speed, and cutting thickness. You need to analyze and compare data of different configurations of lasers (power, core diameter) and cutting head (focusing and expanding beam ratio, focusing method) and data such as air pressure, focal length, and moving speed to obtain a set of systematic cutting data through experiments.
      Then combine the process database with auxiliary equipment to realize the high-speed cutting process of aluminum plate without burr.
      What we can do for you is recommend several articles on our site and then you need to test by yourself:

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