To support you in all your projects, we also offer a laser cutting service. Send us a sketch or detailed technical drawing of your project to have one of our experts advise you before proceeding with the metal cutting. We use laser machines to cut steel, aluminum and stainless steel.
Metal Cutting Techniques
There are several metal cutting processes that can be used, depending on the thickness of the sheet of metal, the desired speed of execution and the budget allocated to the work.
This is the simplest method and it’s ideal for cutting the thickest sheets. Flame cutting provides a smooth, square surface that is suitable for many applications without the need for additional treatments. If the thickness is greater than 5 centimeters, the water jet or the flame cutting are to be preferred. If the thickness is greater than 20 centimeters, flame cutting is the best option.
This process is used for cutting a limited amount of steel sheets at a time. Plasma cutting is very fast, but the quality of the edges is not as high quality as other processes. If the thickness is less than 0.31 centimeters, we advise you to opt for plasma or laser cutting.
This is one of the most stable cutting techniques. It is perfect for soft steel of a 3 centimer thickness that requires a very precise cut. However, unlike the plasma cut, this is not a fast process. If the thickness of the metal is inferior to 0.20 centimers, we advise you to go with a laser cut.
This process yields a very smooth and precise cut because the edges of the steel plate are not distorted by the heat of a laser cut. A water jet is often the cutting technique used on construction sites that require mobile welding of metal sheets that are thicker than usual. Unlike plasma or laser cuts, this process has no limits when it comes to metal sheet thickness. If the thickness is inferior to 0.63 centimeters, water jet, plasma or laser cutting can be safely selected.
How To Pick The Right Process
Ask yourself: what is more important, productivity or cost? This will help you make the right choice in terms of metal cutting processes.
Consider Precision & Quality
Depending on the type of project planned, the precision of the cut may be more important than the speed of execution. Financial budget and time allocated are also two elements that should influence the selection process.