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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.

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.

Advantages of Laser Cutting

Durability

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

Scalability

All sheet metal 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.

Material Selection

Choose from a variety of sheet 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.

Rapid Turnaround

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

Laser Cutting Materials

Available aluminum varieties:

  • Aluminum 5052

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Available copper varieties:

  • Copper 101
  • Copper 260 (Brass)
  • Copper C110

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Available steel varieties:

  • Stainless Steel 301
  • Stainless Steel 304
  • Stainless Steel 316/316L
  • Steel 1018

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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.

Applications for Laser Cutting

Enclosures

Enclosures

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

Chassis

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

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.

Overview: What is Laser Cutting?

The Basics of Laser Cutters

Laser cutters are CNC machines that use a thin, high-powered laser beam to cut materials. The process is most often used in industrial manufacturing. Laser cutters are commonly used for quality welding and to cut industrial sheet metal, but laser cutters can also be used for other materials from composites to rubber, glass, wood, and aluminum.

How Laser Cutters Work

Laser focusing optics are used to direct electrical energy into a high-density light beam, and CNC is used to manage either the workpiece or the laser beam. The material processed by the laser cutter is then melted, burned, vaporized, or blown away by a jet of oxygen or nitrogen.

Types of Laser Cutters

The three main types of lasers used in laser cutters are: CO2, Nd, and Nd:Yag.

  • C02 lasers: The most common laser types because of their relatively high energy efficiency and high power output ratio. Best suited for cutting, boring, and engraving.
  • Nd lasers: Have a high energy, but low repetition efficiency.
  • Nd:Yag lasers: Higher powered for cutting thicker materials but more expensive to operate.

Both Nd/Nd:Yag lasers are used for boring and welding. Nd:Yag lasers can also be used for engraving.

Benefits of Laser Cutters

Laser cutting offers several advantages over traditional mechanical cutting or CNC machining processes, including quicker production, decreased contamination of the workpiece, and reduced chance of warping. Laser cutting produces clean cuts — though not as clean as a waterjet — and has a small chance of operator error making them great for fast prototyping.

The Benefits of Working With Xometry For Laser Cutting

Xometry's custom laser cutting services offer a cost-effective on-demand solution for your sheet metal fabrication needs, including the material, details, and size of the project. From fast, low-volume prototypes to high-quality, high-volume production runs, Xometry’s massive partner network has the ideal shop and the ideal machines for the job. Our partners offer:

  • Fiber and CO2 lasers
  • Mild steel, stainless steel, aluminum, copper, brass, & exotic alloys
  • Up to 53″ x 121″ (+pass thru)

Industries that use Laser Cutting

The automotive industry has primarily driven adoption and advancement in Laser Cutting. Other industries served include solar, military, telecommunications, medical, avionics, electronics, microelectronics, the semiconductor industry, and industrial automation.

Aerospace and Defense

Automotive

Electronics

Industrial

Robotics

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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.

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