Laser Cutting Services

Custom Sheet Metal Laser Cutting

How Does Custom Laser Metal Cutting Work?

Laser cutting is one of Xometry's Sheet Metal profiling processes that directs a high-power laser through optics to cut materials for industrial applications. Laser cutting is both more precise and less energy-consuming than plasma cutting, but has an upper threshold on the thickness of the material being cut. Xometry's Manufacturing Partner Network offers both Fiber and CO2 lasers that can cut a number of materials including mild steel, stainless steel, aluminum, copper, brass, and exotic alloys. CO2 (carbon dioxide) laser excels at cutting, engraving, and boring metals, while Fiber laser is a good option for thicker materials. For sheet and plate metal thicker than 4 inches, see our waterjet cutting services.

Why Work With Xometry?

Our custom laser cutting services offer a cost-effective and on-demand solution for your manufacturing needs. Sheet metal fabrication services range from low-volume prototype to high-volume production runs.


Laser Cutting Services

Laser Cutting Featured Resources

Sheet Metal Mini-Guide

Sheet Metal Mini-Guide

Sheet metal fabrication is a process by which metal parts are cut and bent from a roll of stock material that is typically less than 0.25” thick.

Laser Cutting Applications

Enclosures

Laser cutting offers a cost-effective way to fabricate product device panels, boxes and cases for a variety of applications. We build enclosures of all styles, including rackmounts, “U” and “L” shapes, as well as consoles and consolets.

Chassis

The chassis we fabricate are typically used to house electromechanical controls, from small handheld devices to large industrial testing equipment. All chassis are built to critical dimensions to ensure hole pattern alignment between different parts.

Brackets

Xometry builds custom brackets and miscellaneous laser cutting components, well-suited for either lightweight applications or when a high degree of corrosion-resistance is needed. All hardware and fasteners that are needed can be fully built in.

Laser Cutting Advantages

Durability

Similar to CNC machining, Laser Cutting produce highly durable parts well-suited for both functional prototypes and end-use production.

Scalability

All laser cut parts are built on-demand and with lower setup costs compared to CNC Machining. Depending on your needs, order as little as a single prototype up to 10,000 production parts.

Rapid Turnaround

Combining the latest cutting, bending and punching with automated technologies, Xometry provides instant sheet metal quotes and completed parts in as little 12 business days.

Material Selection

Choose from a variety of metals across a wide range of strength, conductivity, weight, and corrosion-resistance.

Custom Finishes

Select from a variety of finishes, including anodizing, plating, powder coating, and painting.

Laser Cutting Materials

Metals

  • Aluminum
  • Brass
  • Copper
  • Stainless Steel
  • Steel

Laser Cutting Finishes

Standard

Minimal post-processing or treatment on parts is done.

Bead Blast

The part surface is left with a smooth, matte appearance.

Anodize (Type II or Type III)

Type II creates a corrosion-resistant finish. Parts can be anodized in different colors—clear, black, red, and gold are most common—and is usually associated with aluminum. Type III is thicker and creates a wear-resistant layer in addition to the corrosion resistance seen with Type II.

Powder Coat

This is a process where powdered paint is sprayed onto a part which is then baked in an oven. This creates a strong, wear- and corrosion-resistant layer that is more durable than standard painting methods. A wide variety of colors are available to create the desired aesthetic.

Chem Film (Chromate Conversion Coating)

Provides corrosion resistance and good conductivity properties. Can be used as a base for paint. Can leave surface yellow/gold.

Custom

Don’t see the finish you need? Submit an RFQ and we’ll look into a finishing process for you.

Laser Cutting Design Guide

Laser Cutting Design Guide

Laser cutting is one of Xometry's Sheet Metal profiling processes that directs a high-power laser through optics to cut materials for industrial applications. It can be a very cost-effective way to make straightforward metal parts. Check out our design for tips on how to optimize your files for laser cutting!

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