Harbor Steel’s multiple CO2 and Fiber laser cutting machines can cut carbon steel up to 1” thick, stainless steel up to ½” thick and aluminum up to ½” thick. With our large tables, we can cut sheets and plates up to 96” wide and 480” long. Additional services such as drilling, and tapping are available.
Laser cutting works by directing the output of a high-power laser most commonly through optics. The laser optics and CNC (computer numerical control) are used to direct the material or the laser beam generated. A typical commercial laser for cutting materials involved a motion control system to follow a CNC or G-code of the pattern to be cut onto the material. The focused laser beam is directed at the material, which then either melts, burns, vaporizes away, or is blown away by a jet of gas, leaving an edge with a high-quality surface finish. Industrial laser cutters are used to cut flat-sheet material as well as structural and piping materials.