9 Types of Laser Cutting Machines Explained: Applied to Different Industries

Recently, I have received a lot of inquiries from readers about laser cutting. Maybe many people don’t know much about laser cutting machines. For this reason, I have sorted out an article about the types of laser cutting machines here, hoping to help you who are confused.

The principle of the laser cutting machine is to focus the laser emitted from the laser into a high power density laser beam.

When the laser beam is irradiated on the surface of the workpiece, the workpiece will reach the melting point or boiling point.

At the same time, the high-pressure gas coaxial with the beam will blow away the molten or vaporized metal.

With the relative position of the beam and the workpiece moving, the material will eventually form a slit, thus achieving the purpose of cutting.

What are the types of laser cutting machines?

1. PCB laser cutting machine

Model introduction

PCB laser cutting machine: adopt high-performance green/purple laser, with good beam quality, small focus spot and uniform power distribution, and can process various high complexity circuit boards, flexible circuit boards and soft and hard combination boards.

By reducing the power by pulse, PCB two-dimensional code printing can be carried out to realize cutting and code printing with one machine for two purposes.

Meet the high yield and efficiency requirements of mass production of cutting and coding processing in the circuit board industry.

Model features

  • The laser cutting is convenient and fast, and the delivery time is shortened;
  • Good cutting quality, small deformation, flat and beautiful appearance;
  • Perfect docking of automatic production lines to achieve online efficient production;
  • It can cut any irregular and complex contour;
  • By reducing the power by pulse, two-dimensional code processing can be carried out to realize one machine for two purposes;
  • Adopt the working platform moving and laser head fixing mode, which is more accurate and stable than the traditional laser head moving mode;
  • It integrates digital control technology, laser technology, software technology and other optoelectronic technologies, with high accuracy and flexibility.

Scope of application

PCB hard board cutting, splitting, soft and hard combination board cutting, SMT industry splitting, two-dimensional code marking process, fingerprint identification chip cutting, camera module laser cutting, circuit board cutting with welded components, PI protective film cutting, glass cutting, hole cutting, ceramic cutting, drilling, scribing, silicon chip cutting, copper foil cutting.

2. Pipe laser cutting machine

Model introduction

Laser metal pipe cutting machine: applicable to the one-time cutting and forming of round tubes, square tubes and special-shaped tubes.

It adopts a reciprocating feeding system, which is not limited to the length of the tubes, and has a high degree of automation.

It directly imports three-dimensional graphics, automatically identifies the cutting path, and carries out precision high-speed processing.

The machine is equipped with a fully automatic loading system, which can be selected according to customer requirements.

The parts formed by laser processing have no burr and black hole, and the same product size has high consistency.

Model features

  • Full-through CNC rotary chuck is adopted. The diameter of the pipe is large, and the maximum circular diameter is 85mm.
  • Independent innovation and design of the secondary circulation feeding system can carry out splicing cutting for graphics beyond the effective stroke length.
  • Four-axis 3.5 linkage, integrated cutting system, high intensity automation, fast dynamic response.
  • Tail loading, simpler operation, labor saving and higher safety.
  • It can be used to open holes, cut grooves, cut off pipes and process various complex graphics.

Scope of application

Suitable for stainless steel, carbon steel, alloy steel, aluminum, copper, titanium and other metal pipes.

It is applied to sports fitness equipment, clothing and props display rack, medical equipment, steel furniture, doors and windows, kitchen and bathroom, steel furniture industry, etc.

3. Large-scale gantry optical fiber laser cutting machine

Model introduction

Laser cutting machine is to use the focused high-energy pulse laser with auxiliary blowing to partially melt and vaporize metal workpiece, so as to achieve the purpose of accurate cutting.

The product has high cutting accuracy and is suitable for cutting precision workpiece;

The cutting speed is 60 times faster than that of wire cutting;

The heat-affected zone is small, the workpiece to be processed is not easy to deform, and the cutting seam is smooth and smooth, without subsequent treatment;

It can process multiple beams and multiple stations simultaneously (optional function).

Model features

  • The cutting width is 1250 * 2500MM, which can realize the one-time cutting and forming of the whole plate and improve the working efficiency.
  • The worktable is equipped with a manual small wheel frame, and the cut plate can slide and translate along the bed for convenient feeding.
  • The electric pneumatic claw tightens the sheet, which is convenient and quick.
  • The cantilever beam is in the form of casting, with reliable structure and excellent rigidity, which makes the mechanism run more smoothly.
  • The laser focus follows automatically. The metal sheet can be cut only after it is shaped from the initial winding shape to the plane shape.
  • At this time, the plane of the plate will inevitably have a certain “undulation”.
  • The focus auto-following structure can ensure the plane of the focus plane and the cut plate.
  • Keep a constant distance, so that the cutting quality is always consistent, and avoid defective products caused by “fluctuation” changes.
  • The laser is cheap and easy to maintain. After training, the operators can replace consumables and maintain the equipment by themselves.
  • Fiber lasers of different powers or manufacturers can be selected.

Scope of application

Suitable for precision instruments, hardware, sheet metal processing, etc.

It is especially suitable for stainless steel, iron plate, aluminum plate, copper plate, diamond saw blade and other materials, and has excellent processing effect for various high hardness and brittle alloys.

4. Precise laser cutting machine for precious metal

Model introduction

Precise cutting machine of precious metal adopts the original double-layer precious metal recovery system.

Imported fiber laser, high configuration cutting head, high precision rotary servo motor, professional laser cutting control software, and automatic following focusing system, which can automatically follow the bending fluctuation of the workpiece to adjust the focus position during cutting to ensure the quality of precision cutting.

Automatic feeding and cutting system and bracelet and ring rotary cutting system are optional.

Model features

  • The original recovery system – fully closed and double-layer protection, cut in the cavity, and the recovery rate is more than 99.95%.
  • High cutting accuracy, high speed, narrow cutting seam, small heat affected zone, smooth cutting surface without burr.
  • The service life of fiber laser can reach 100000 hours.

Scope of application

18K/24K gold, 925 silver, jewelry metal, precision accessories

5. Small format precision laser cutting machine

Model introduction

The machine adopts high-precision linear motor working platform, with high precision and fast speed;

Select high-precision CCD automatic positioning and automatic correction.

The whole processing process is automatically controlled by computer software, the software interface is real-time feedback, and the processing status is timely understood.

The non-contact processing scheme has no mechanical stress deformation, simple operation, and high cutting accuracy.

Model features

  • The patented integrated design of the utility model can carry laser light sources of different types or manufacturers respectively, and the structure is compact, reliable, safe, practical and reasonable.
  • It adopts optical marble platform, anti-vibration frame design, suitable for high-speed movement and high stability.
  • High precision, full feedback linear motor working platform, fast speed;
  • Optional large-area high-precision visual positioning, automatic precision correction.
  • Multi-function integrated control, independently developed patented software, automatic control of processing process software, real-time feedback of software interface, and display of processing status of various functions and parts;
  • Non-contact processing mode, no mechanical stress deformation.

Scope of application

It is suitable for various kinds of laser processing such as metal sheet cutting and punching, such as cutting of hardware, consumer electronic components, various instruments, sheet metal processing industry, etc;

Precise cutting and drilling of various metal materials.

6. Flexible circuit board laser cutting machine

Model introduction

Flexible circuit board laser cutting machine: combines laser technology, visual positioning technology and electronic technology, and adopts high-performance ultraviolet laser.

It has the characteristics of advanced automatic manufacturing such as high beam quality, high peak power, high accuracy, high stability, high efficiency and high flexibility.

It can cut and process all kinds of flexible circuit boards with high precision and high complexity, and can be applied to the processing of auxiliary materials of flexible circuit boards.

Model features

  • The solid state ultraviolet laser of international first-line brand is adopted, which has the advantages of good beam quality, small focus spot, uniform power distribution, small thermal effect, small slit width, high cutting quality, and is the guarantee of perfect cutting quality.
  • The high-precision, low-drift galvanometer and the fast two-dimensional servo translation platform maintain the high accuracy of the micrometer scale during rapid cutting.
  • Adopt high-precision CCD automatic positioning, high precision, simple operation, realize the same type of one-button mode, greatly improve production efficiency.
  • The air suction system can eliminate all the cutting waste gas and avoid harm to operators and environmental pollution.
  • The galvanometer is automatically calibrated and aligned, and the whole process automation is realized. The machine operation is simple.
  • Non-contact processing will not produce any mechanical stress deformation, and more protect the circuit.
  • The laser has long service life and low maintenance and replacement cost.
  • It can cut complex graphics with fast cutting speed, stable performance and high cost performance;
  • The cutting edge shall be smooth, free of burrs and dust.

Scope of application

It is applicable to FPC flexible circuit board, flexible circuit board sub-processing, including contour cutting, slotting, opening, FR4, cell membrane window, etc.

It is widely used in circuit board factories, electrical appliances and electricians, electronic manufacturing, printing and other industries.

7. Ceramic laser cutting, punching and scribing machine

Model introduction

Laser cutting of ceramic substrate and laser drilling are focused by the laser beam emitted by the laser through the lens, and converge into a tiny spot at the focal point.

The workpiece at the focal point is irradiated by a high power density laser spot, which will produce a local high temperature of more than 10000 ° C.

Thus, the material in the vertical direction of the gathering part will vaporize instantaneously, and then the vaporized material will be blown away with auxiliary gas, so that the workpiece will be cut into a very small hole.

With the movement of the CNC machine tool, countless small holes will be connected to form the shape to be cut.

Model features

Good cutting quality: good cutting quality can be obtained due to small laser spot, high energy density and fast cutting speed.

① Narrow slit: the slit of laser cutting is generally 0.10~0.20MM, saving material.

② The perpendicularity of the cutting edge is good, the cutting surface is smooth and free of burrs, and the surface roughness is generally controlled above RA: 12.5.

③ Small heat affected zone: the laser cutting of laser processing is thin, fast and concentrated, so the heat transferred to the cut material is small, and the deformation of the material is also very small.

In some cases, the width of the heat-affected zone is less than 0.05MM.

It can cut a variety of materials, both metal materials and non-metallic materials.

There is no contact between the cutting torch and the workpiece during cutting, and there is no tool wear problem.

Good cutting environment: there is no strong radiation, noise and environmental pollution during cutting, which creates a good working environment for the operator’s health.

Scope of application

Ceramic substrates, ceramic capacitors, ceramic materials for sensitive ceramics, ceramic optical fiber connectors and other functional ceramic products;

Ceramic cutters, ceramic bearings, ceramic sealing rings and ceramic spark plugs required by the machinery industry;

Ceramic roller bar of roller kiln required by building materials industry;

Structural ceramic products such as wear-resistant and corrosion-resistant ceramic parts such as ball valves and cylinder liners required by the petrochemical industry;

Special ceramic materials required by the national defense industry;

Ecological ceramic materials and biomedical ceramic materials needed for environmental protection.

8. Sapphire high-speed precision laser cutting machine

Model introduction

Sapphire is the most basic material besides diamond. Sapphire is fragile and easy to collapse. This material is difficult to be processed in fine processing.

The sub-nanosecond long pulse sapphire ultra-fast precision laser cutting equipment has the advantages of fast cutting speed, high dimensional accuracy, no need to replace consumables, complete functions, simple operation, and stable and reliable performance indicators under continuous working conditions;

Model features

  • Fully closed thermostatic design, optical marble platform, high stability;
  • There is no need to adjust the optical path, which can be triggered externally to facilitate integration;
  • Non-contact processing, smooth cutting edge without edge collapse, high yield;
  • Optional servo or direct motor, high-precision CCD automatic positioning, full closed-loop feedback, high accuracy and speed; The processing speed is more than 10 times that of traditional tools;
  • It can be equipped with special adsorption fixture platform and dust extraction device for various hard and brittle materials.

Scope of application

It is mainly used in the precision cutting and drilling of sapphire windows and various brittle and hard materials in the electronic industry;

It can also be used for thin-walled high-reflective metal cutting and marking and etching of non-metallic materials, such as hardware, ceramics, electronic devices, various instruments, plastics, etc.

9. Special laser cutting machine for glasses

Model introduction

The special laser cutting machine for glasses can cut arbitrary design patterns on the plate, with high speed, high precision, one-time molding, no need for subsequent processing, more than ten times faster than wire cutting, greatly improving the processing efficiency;

Visible layout, close fitting and material saving. It can not only meet the cutting requirements of customers for flat plates, with 3D software, but also meet the cutting requirements of pipe circles and special-shaped materials (square steel, flat iron, channel steel, square tube).

Model features

  • Able to cut various shapes on flat plates.
  • High precision, fast speed, narrow cutting seam, minimum heat affected zone, smooth cutting surface without burr.
  • The laser cutting head will not contact the material surface and will not scratch the workpiece.
  • The slit is narrow, the local deformation of small workpiece in the heat affected zone is very small, and there is no mechanical deformation.
  • With good processing flexibility, it can process any shape, and can also cut pipes and other special-shaped materials.
  • It can be used for deformation free cutting of steel plate, stainless steel, aluminum alloy plate, cemented carbide and other materials with any hardness.
  • Optional visual positioning system can accurately cut specific plates such as etched printing.

Scope of application

It is widely used in sheet metal processing, advertising sign word production, mechanical parts, kitchen utensils, metal handicrafts, saw blades, glasses industry, spring blades, hardware and other industries.

It can also be used for cutting carbon steel, stainless steel, aluminum alloy, copper, silver, gold, titanium and other metals.

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As the founder of MachineMFG, I have dedicated over a decade of my career to the metalworking industry. My extensive experience has allowed me to become an expert in the fields of sheet metal fabrication, machining, mechanical engineering, and machine tools for metals. I am constantly thinking, reading, and writing about these subjects, constantly striving to stay at the forefront of my field. Let my knowledge and expertise be an asset to your business.

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