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Laser cutting classification

Sep. 07, 2019

1) Laser vaporization cutting

The workpiece is heated by a high energy density laser beam, the temperature rises rapidly, the boiling point of the material is reached in a very short time, and the material begins to vaporize to form a vapor. These vapors are ejected at a high speed, and a slit is formed in the material while the vapor is ejected. The heat of vaporization of the material is generally large, so a large power and power density is required for laser vaporization cutting.

Laser vaporization cutting is often used for cutting very thin metal and non-metallic materials such as paper, cloth, wood, plastics and rubber.

2) Laser melting cutting

When the laser is melted and cut, the metal material is melted by laser heating, and then a non-oxidizing gas (Ar, He, N, etc.) is blown through a nozzle coaxial with the beam, and the liquid metal is discharged by a strong pressure of the gas to form a slit. Laser melt cutting does not require complete vaporization of the metal, and the required energy is only 1/10 of the vaporization cut.

Laser melt cutting is mainly used for the cutting of some non-oxidizable materials or active metals, such as stainless steel, titanium, aluminum and their alloys.

3) Laser oxygen cutting

The principle of laser oxygen cutting is similar to oxyacetylene cutting. It uses a laser as a preheating heat source and uses an active gas such as oxygen as a cutting gas. On the one hand, the injected gas acts on the cutting metal to cause an oxidation reaction to release a large amount of heat of oxidation; on the other hand, the molten oxide and the melt are blown out from the reaction zone to form a slit in the metal. Since the oxidation reaction during the cutting process generates a large amount of heat, the energy required for laser oxygen cutting is only 1/2 of the melt cutting, and the cutting speed is much larger than the laser vaporization cutting and the melting cutting. Laser oxygen cutting is mainly used for easily oxidized metal materials such as carbon steel, titanium steel and heat-treated steel.

4) Laser dicing and control fracture

Laser dicing uses a high-energy-density laser to scan the surface of a brittle material, causing the material to evaporate out of a small groove and then apply pressure to break the brittle material along the small groove. Lasers for laser scribing are generally Q-switched lasers and CO2 lasers.

Controlling the fracture is a steep temperature distribution created by laser engraving, creating local thermal stresses in the brittle material that cause the material to break along the small grooves.

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