Sheet Metal Laser Cutting
Sheet metal cutting has evolved drastically in the last 40 years for us. Cutting sheet metal started as a very hands-on process, everything was laid out by hand and cut with snips. The process evolved to incorporate CNC Plasma cutting tables, and now to laser (CO2 or Fiber).
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Our Sheet Metal Laser Cutting Machine
We specialize in forming and making ductwork – but the laster also allows us to cut brackets, specialized parts, and customize any type of metal. Our laser has operated for cabinet shops, the United States military, barn door manufacturers, and other HVAC companies. If you have any custom parts that need a small tolerance, then you have come to the right place.
Our current laser cutting machine is a highly productive machine, cutting at 5,511 ipm (X and Y). Possibly more impressive is the accuracy of the smallest programmable increment of 0.00004″ and a positioning accuracy (Pa) of 0.004″.
In the sheet metal industry, most working tolerances are 1/16″ or more. With our laster cutting machine, we are able to drastically lower that tolerance. Our state of the art laser cutting machine will exceed your expectations.
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Laser Cut Sheet Metal Options
The laser cutting is only the beginning – we have a full sheet metal shop to back it up. We have breaks, drill presses, rollers, shears, welders and a variety of other machines. Not only do we cut the metal, but we form it to your specifications as well.
- Galvanized Steel (G-90)
- Paint Lock
- Stainless Steel
- 5/8″ – 26ga
- 1/4″ – .032
- 5/8″ – 26ga
- 3/8″ – 26ga
- 5/8″ – 26ga
*Max sheet size is 5′ x 10′.
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Advantages of Laser Cutting
If space is not an issue and efficiency and aesthetics are a priority, then spiral ductwork could be your solution.
This laser is fast, really fast. It will cut up to speeds of 450 feet per minute (equivalent to 5 mph.)
Imagine cutting metal with a needle, our laser is even more accurate.
Traditional cutting on a plasma table left burrs and slag around the edge of metal, the laser cut is silky smooth.
Not only is the laser cutting “cooler” in the sense of status, but more importantly temperature. You can cut without warping the metal.
Why should you care? The laser produces a better, higher quality product in less time than most other sheet metal shops. Those savings are passed on.
The laser is a completely enclosed system with exhaust and filters to eliminate pollution into our shop, keeping our shop air quality top notch.
Lower Installation Cost
Spiral requires fewer connections than rectangular ductwork, which lowers the margin for errors on properly sealing the joints – not to mention the time and energy savings.
Less Air Loss
Not only does spiral ductwork require less transverse duct connections, but spiral has no longitudinal connections. At best, it has been difficult to achieve less than a 5% airflow loss with rectangular. Spiral averages a 1-2% air loss. As building efficiency has become an important goal – spiral pipe can reduce waste drastically.
Less Noise Pollution
Spiral ductwork absorbs the noise of the equipment far better than rectangular ductwork. Rectangular ductwork tends to reverberate sound throughout the system.
Frequently Asked Questions
What are sheet metal laser cutting prices?
We typically charge a fee based on the cut time. ~$240/hr. To give you an idea, in order to cut an 8″ ø circle out of 3/4″ plate takes around 4 minutes ($16). Remember that this is not factoring the material, labor, and handling charges as well. This is only meant to give you a rough idea of cutting costs.
Can you laser cut sheet metal?
Absolutely! There are three main types of laser:
- Gas Lasers / CO2 Laser Cutter
- Crystal Laser Cutters
- Fiber Laser Cutters
There are many different brands of laser cutting machines. Here are a few more prominent ones:
How do you cut sheet metal?
Although laser cutting sheet metal is the best option, there are other options that are a bit more affordable to get started, including: shear, plasma, and hand layout with snips can do the trick.
How can you cut through metal?
Metal requires heavy duty tools, equipment, and knowledge. Some heavy duty tools include: sawzall, metal skill saw, double-cuts, torches, bandsaws, drills and nibblers. Equipment may include: torches, laser, plasma, shear, and tube cutters.
Can a circular saw cut metal?
Yes it can! You must have a specific blade and style of circular saw. We use Metal Cutting Circular Saw by DeWalt (DCS373B). Wear proper safety equipment as these throw hot, sharp chunks of metal everywhere!
How to cut metal roofing?
The corrugated metal adds a layer of difficulty when cutting, so we would recommend buying a metal cutting saw. Such as the one DeWalt sells – it is worth every penny. Consider the 60V Max 9 in. Brushless Cordless Cut-Off Saw (DCS690X2).
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