Laser Application – Fibre Laser Cutting of Stainless Steel

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An example of some of the laser machining that can be done at the University of Chester Laser Laboratory. Today it was cutting out sections from a sheet of 0.5 mm thick stainless steel for Dr. Claudia Swanson of the Dept. of Natural Sciences, to assist with her research into advanced polymers.

The cutting was achieved with our JK300FL fibre laser using Argon as an assist gas to limit the level of oxidation around the cut.

Images of the cut pieces are shown below.

 

Original stainless steel piece with cut-out sections.

Cut-out stainless steel pieces

Optical micrograph of cut edge at 100x magnification.