Metal Cutting: Consider Part Geometry

Metal Cutting: Consider Part Geometry

A common pitfall for many fabricators is to assume that any part can be cut on any machine.  The truth is that some parts are simply not compatible with certain materials or machines. For example, some part geometries are affected more than others by the thermal...
Understanding Metals

Understanding Metals

Material composition is important to consider in all types of cutting – but especially when cutting with CO2 or fiber lasers.  Steel is a dense metal while aluminum is much less dense. Aluminum is approximately thirty percent less dense than steel. Laser cutting is...
Special Coated Metals Part 1: PVC Coating

Special Coated Metals Part 1: PVC Coating

Materials often arrive from the supplier or customer with a surface protective coating. Although not always true, this is generally the case for expensive metals, those intended for a special purpose, or applications where aesthetics is critical. Examples may include...