Application - Laser Cutting

Laser cutting is a process where a material is cut, and this can be for small & fine materials or materials with a much greater level of thickness. Laser cutting simply involves the use of a focused laser beam to cut a wide-range of materials to a high-level of accuracy and repeatability. The laser beam can easily be programmed to precision cut a diverse range of thicknesses and materials (e.g. metals brass, tungsten, steel and copper, etc.), gemstones, ceramics, graphic composites, silicon and plastics).

Industrial uses and applications

Laser cutting has a number of application areas, particularly in industrial manufacturing where a higher output is required but is also used in schools, Aerospace the military and in small businesses. Laser cutting is used in a wide range of industries such as cutting stents in the medical industry, cutting parts to shape in manufacturing and industrial settings, cutting silicon for solar cells and semi-conductors as well as cutting of gems for use in the jewellery industry.

Benefits of laser cutting techniques

Once a Fiber Laser has been used to cut, organisations will never revert back to traditional techniques. These are often much slower, involve costly tooling charges, can struggle to cut very thick materials and often entail lengthy process set-up times. Laser cutting processes also typically consume much less power than traditional cutting techniques, so could be a bona fide part of reducing an organisation’s carbon footprint.

Laser cutting from SPI Laser’s range of Pulsed and high power CW Fiber Lasers

SPI Lasers equipment is able to cut through a variety of materials with a high level of speed and efficiency, all while maintaining perfect quality, to leave a smooth edge finish with any material that it cuts. Previous text copied from main page, replace with – Whatever your cutting application, the SPI laser range of Pulsed and CW Fiber Lasers will be perfect for the task. Our range is adept at absolute precision  cutting of even the finest of materials and is able to cut a wide range of materials of differing thicknesses.


redENERGY G4 Pulsed Fiber Laser Cutting & Marking 0.3mm & 0.9mm Copper

Laser cutting to ensure smooth edge finishes while maintaining efficient speed and production rates can be easily achieved with the correct power Fiber Laser, even reflective metals can be effectively cut with pin point accuracy. Trust SPI Lasers to supply very high-quality Fiber Lasers which will improve operational efficiency. Read through our collection of laser applications and insights for more details on this topic.

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Ceramic Cutting

Application Postcard
Posted on 17/01/2017

Aluminium Nitride (AlN) has been developed into a commercially viable product with many useful mechanical properties. These properties include one of the highest thermal conductivities of any engineering ceramic and a thermal expansion coefficient... read more >

Silicon Cutting

Application Postcard
Posted on 17/01/2017

Silicon is used across a number of industries including; solar cells, microelectronics, micromachining and semiconductor manufacturing. There is also growing potential in other sectors including entertainment goods. In the vast majority of... read more >

Kapton (Polymide) Cutting

Application Postcard
Posted on 17/01/2017

Kapton is a Polyimide film (or tape) which has a number of useful properties such as high thermal conductivity, electrical resistance and excellent mechanical properties. These material properties remain stable in both high and low extremes of... read more >

Ceramic Scribing

Application Postcard
Posted on 17/01/2017

The technique of scribing engineering ceramics such as silicon nitride or alumina involves a groove being cut into the material, the width of which can be controlled. The material can then be broken along this groove. This leaves a high quality edge... read more >

Laser Cutting of Tungsten

Application Postcard
Posted on 03/03/2016

IntroductionTungsten is a very hard metal with great tensile strength and an extremely high melting point. It is often alloyed with other metals but in its purest form, it is commonly used in electronics applications – for example as... read more >

Cutting with a Fiber Laser

Application Insight
Posted on 18/11/2015

Our range of quality manufactured Pulsed and CW Fiber Lasers can be used for cutting metals, graphite composites, ceramics, gemstones and plastics.Our global applications labs can also assist you to source the most efficient Fiber Laser... read more >

Hydroform and Body Cutting

Application Insight
Posted on 17/11/2015

Hydroform tubes are used for high strength and high stiffness, as well as convoluted shapes for truck frames, engine cradles, radiator supports, instrument panel beams, and other components. Some holes can be pierced in the Hydroform die, however... read more >

Affordable Laser Cutting with Medium Power Fiber Lasers

Affordable Laser Cutting with Medium Power Fiber Lasers

Application Insight
Posted on 02/11/2015

Across many industries today, Laser cutting is a process that is outsourced to specialist machine builders which are set up for the sole purpose of high volume, high quality metal cutting.These companies can accept, on any given day a wide... read more >

Sub 2mm Metal Cutting with a CW-M Laser

Sub 2mm Metal Cutting with a CW-M Laser

Application Insight
Posted on 31/10/2015

There are many industrial applications of Laser profile cutting sub 2mm sheet metal parts, and this technology is widely used in industries such as automotive, electronics, and general manufacturing.This application insight looks in to sub 2mm... read more >

Scanner based Pulsed Cutting techniques

Scanner based Pulsed Cutting techniques

Application Insight
Posted on 31/10/2015

Until recently high precision micro cutting has been the domain of DPSS Pulsed Lasers and CW-M Fiber Lasers, as epitomised by applications such as electronic stencil and medical stent cutting. However, the short high peak power pulses of our... read more >

Although more typically used for marking, nanosecond Pulsed Fiber Lasers are ideally suited to cutting a surprising range of materials. They are low cost, compact, reliable and require no maintenance. The scanner based cutting process can be applied to a wide variety of non-metallic materials including ceramics, polymers and even carbon composites, as well as metals. This application insight specifically looks at non-metallic materials including silicon, ceramics, plastics and rubber, and shows examples of these materials cut with a Pulsed Fiber Laser.

Non Metallic Cutting with a Pulsed Fiber Laser

Application Insight
Posted on 31/10/2015

Although more typically used for marking, nanosecond Pulsed Fiber Lasers are ideally suited to cutting a surprising range of materials. They are low cost, compact, reliable and require no maintenance.The scanner based cutting process can be... read more >

Metallic Cutting with a Pulsed Fiber Laser

Metallic Cutting with a Pulsed Fiber Laser

Application Insight
Posted on 31/10/2015

Although more typically used for marking, the nanosecond Pulsed Fiber Laser is also ideally suited to metallic cutting. They are low cost, compact, reliable and require no maintenance.The scanner based cutting process can be applied to a wide... read more >

Medium Power Fiber Lasers in Tube, Profile and 3D Cutting

Medium Power Fiber Lasers in Tube, Profile and 3D Cutting

Application Insight
Posted on 31/10/2015

Modern industrial design for metal fabrication demands complex connections, improved aesthetics, cleaner lines and increased structural integrity. Lasers are increasingly being deployed to cut not only flat sheet materials but also 3D applications.... read more >

Fiber Laser Cutting of Silicon

Fiber Laser Cutting of Silicon

Application Insight
Posted on 31/10/2015

Silicon is widely used in a number of industries but primarily in solar cells and in semiconductor manufacture, with growing applications in jewellery and entertainment goods. In the majority of applications the source material is in the form of... read more >

Fiber Laser Cutting of Stents

Fiber Laser Cutting of Stents

Application Insight
Posted on 31/10/2015

Laser cutting of very thin walled tubes has developed rapidly in line with demands from the medical device industry. It is possible to Laser cut extremely complex shapes in 2 mm OD tubes with walls as thin as 0.2 mm. This application has placed... read more >

Silver Cutting

Silver Cutting

Application Postcard
Posted on 30/10/2015

Fiber Laser Cutting of silver has many applications in both consumer and industrial applications. The use of silver, as with other refractory metals, has long been sought after for its aesthetic and functional qualities such as electrical... read more >

Micro Machining Carbon Fiber Composites

Micro Machining Carbon Fiber Composites

Application Postcard
Posted on 30/10/2015

The use of carbon fiber composites is growing significantly. Initially used in aerospace applications its use has expanded into sports equipment and even consumer goods.Manufactured by embedding high strength carbon fibers in a resin these... read more >

Low Power Fast Cutting of Mild Steel

Low Power Fast Cutting of Mild Steel

Application Postcard
Posted on 30/10/2015

Many Lasers in the metal cutting industry are used to cut a huge variety of material thicknesses which means it is not unusual to have a multi-kW Laser running at a fraction of its output when cutting thin section.By using a low cost, low power... read more >

cutting copper

Cutting Copper

Application Postcard
Posted on 30/10/2015

Our Pulsed Fiber Lasers can be used for a variety of micro cutting applications. The high peak power and short pulses of these Lasers ensure that there is good coupling and material removal for a range of metallic (including highly reflective and... read more >

Cutting Aluminium Foil

Cutting Aluminium Foil

Application Postcard
Posted on 30/10/2015

This is an example of thin 0.015mm metal foil slitting. Trials showed that WF0 produced clean, fast cuts, however the fastest speed was not obtained at PRF0 but at 100kHz.This cutting process uses single pulse processing and the maximum cutting... read more >

Cutting 1mm Thick Silver

Cutting 1mm Thick Silver

Application Postcard
Posted on 30/10/2015

In the jewellery market there are specific requirements for precision cutting of precious metals such as silver, for items that have filigree features.Our redENERGY Pulsed Fiber Lasers are ideally suited to this application and are capable of... read more >

Cutting 1mm Thick Brass

Cutting 1mm Thick Brass

Application Postcard
Posted on 30/10/2015

This thickness of brass can be cut using a multi-pass method where the cut is created by ablating through the sheet thickness. With the single mode Laser the spot diameter is small (around 32µm in this instance) which enables a high material... read more >

Pewter cutting, engraving and marking

Pewter Cutting, Engraving and Marking

Application Postcard
Posted on 13/10/2015

To commemorate our participation in the 2013 Munich Laser World of Photonics we produced a special pewter ‘tankard’ pendent.Pewter is a malleable metal alloy primarily made of tin with low levels of alloying elements. It has a very low... read more >