Laser cutting

Laser cutting

Laser cutting is an accurate production technique that makes it possible to quickly produce custom parts. Raytech has the possibility to laser cut sheets from a thickness of 0,005mm to 15mm.

  • Laser cut stainless steel shims
  • Thin sheet metal laser cutting
  • Laser cut washers
  • Laser cut shims

Prototypes and small series

Laser cutting is well suited for creating prototypes and proof-of-concepts. Raytech has several specially equipped laser machines for cutting prototypes and small series. These machines are quickly adjustable and programmable. As a result, prototypes and small series can be delivered quickly.

Besides production services, Raytech also has the possibility to assist companies with the development of components. More information about engineering and product development can be found on the following page: engineering & product development

 

Large series

Specially equipped laser machines (CO2-fiber lasers) are used to produce large series. These machines can achieve ultra high cutting speeds without getting overheated.

Things to consider when laser cutting large series:

  • Optimised CNC program (to achieve highest possible cutting speed)
  • Multiple cutting heads
  • Bulk purchase of raw materials + optimal nesting
  • Automatic cleaning (if required, automatic ultrasonic cleaning is possible)
  • Automatic camera control (if 100% controlled parts are required, automatic video camera controles can be integrated)
Cutting copper alloys
Filter parts
High volume production
Custom washers

Material on sheet or coil?

In addition to sheet material, it’s also possible to use material on coil (for example strip steel). The biggest advantage of working with coils is that no material changes are required during the cutting process. This results in increased production speed.

Metal mesh, filter cloth, felt, cellulose fibers…

Obviously, certain materials are only available on coil or as cloth. Therefore various systems are available for processing these kind of materials. These systems, mainly cutting beds, ensure that cloths can be rolled out smoothly and that the material remains nicely flat during cutting.

Filter metal mesh
Edit existing components

Wide variety of materials

Different types of laser machines are available (CO2-YAG-Fiber-Galvo). In total 15 active laser sources are present.
This wide variety of machines makes it possible to process a lot of different materials. A list of the most common materials:

  • Metal
    • Stainless steel
    • Stainless steel mesh
    • Steel
    • Woven metal cloth
    • Copper alloys
      • CuSn – CuZn – CuBe – …
    • Aluminium
    • Titanium
    • Nitinol
    • Inconel

Steel: max. 15mm
Stainless steel: max. 12mm
Aluminium: max. 6mm

  • Plastics
    • Rubber
    • Polyester
    • Polyamide (PA)
    • Polypropylene (PP)
    • Polycarbonate (PC)
    • Acrylic (PMMA)
    • Polyoxymethyleen (POM)
  • Others
    • Filter cloth (poly)
    • Felt
    • Wood (MDF – HDF – …)
    • Leather
    • Cork
    • Foam

High precision laser cutting

Raytech is also specialized in the production of high-precision parts. These activities fall under the terms: micro laser cutting and micro tube laser cutting.

Thanks to this specialization, Raytech has the possibility to produce both extremely small parts and larger, thicker components.

 

Possibilities of micro laser cutting

  • Material thickness from 0,005mm (foil material)
  • Accuracy of 10µm
  • Smallest hole +/- 40µm