Laser Cutting

Depend on Nelson Steel Products for advanced tube and sheet laser cutting. Fast, economical and precise.

  • Tube LaserTube Laser
    • Multi-axis
    • Any shape
      • Round Tube
      • Square tube
      • Rectangular tube
      • Oval tube
    • Up to 5 1/2" dia.
    • Up to 28' in length
  • Sheet Lasers
    • Two
    • Up to 5' x 10' sheets
    • Up to 5/8" thick carbon steel
    • Up to .250" thick aluminum
    • Up to .312" thick stainless steel

If precise robotic welding is one area in which Nelson Steel Products has recognized and leveraged technology as a competitive advantage, advanced laser cutting is certainly another. Nelson Steel employs both tube laser cutting and sheet laser cutting as precise alternatives to traditional mechanical cutting.

Laser cutting uses a focused beam of high-energy laser light to cut various materials. The beam, when aimed and controlled by a computer, burns, melts, vaporizes or blows away by a jet of assist gas the material cut. Industrial lasers have become a mainstay in manufacturing and are used to cut flat sheets, structural components as well as piping and tubing.

Highly versatile and precise, laser cutters are capable of complex cutting operations. The laser cutting beam is normally 0.2 mm in diameter at the surface of the cut and has a power of 1,000 to 2,500 watts. Lasers are ideal cutting tools for carbon steel or stainless steels. Aluminum and copper alloys tend to reflect the laser light and absorb and conduct heat. Therefore, such materials are more difficult to laser cut.

Sheet laser cutting holds many advantages over traditional mechanical cutting techniques. Since there is no physical contact between the cutting agent (the laser beam) and the material being cut, there is no possibility of a cutting edge being contaminated by the material or of the material contaminating the cutting edge. Laser cutting is also more precise than mechanical cutting methods because the laser beam is not subject to wear. Due to their small heat-affected zones, lasers cut with reduced risk of warping. Lasers also leave high-quality edges which may eliminate or reduce secondary finishing. For parts 1/8" thick or thicker that get painted, a secondary edge cleaning may be needed.

In addition to being versatile enough to cut a broad variety of metal and non-metal materials, laser cutting highly accurate, maintain high cutting speeds, have narrow kerf widths and are capable of virtually square-cut edges.

Remaining a cut above the competition depends on the accuracy and precision of one's cutting tools. Once again Nelson Steel is leading while others are struggling to keep even. By investing in precise laser cutting-for both tube and sheet material-the company is improving its ability to help customers cut costs and improve efficiency.