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Laser Cutting To Create Decorative Screens Or Features
30 October 2016
Laser cutting is a method of metal fabrication used to cut complex shapes into sheet metal. The process takes electronic data from a CAD drawing or 3D modelling software, and then creates flat form parts by burning or melting the metal.
How does laser cutting work?
Laser cutting works by moving a laser beam into the cutting area, which burns or melts the metal. Then an assist gas is used to clear the cut zone of the molten material, producing a cut. Laser cutting works best on carbon steel or stainless steel, and an operator needs to train for many hours to run a laser efficiently and accurately.
What are the benefits of laser cutting?
Laser cutting is a more precise method of metal cutting than other methods, so it results in higher accuracy cuts and a finer quality finish. The machines are fast and reliable, so laser cutting can decrease turnaround times and provide a more cost effective method of cutting. Laser cutting machines are also flexible, offering practically unlimited choice when it comes to patterns.
What are the limitations of laser cutting?
One of the drawbacks of laser cutting is that the quality of the cut-edge is dependent on the type and thickness of the material. As the thickness of the material increases, the lines on the edge where the molten area meets the cool zone (known as striations) become more prominent.
Laser cutting to create decorative screens
Laser cutting can be used to create bespoke laser cut metal screens with perforated laser designs, ideal for decorative wall art, displays and exhibitions, garden buildings and much more. You can incorporate your own unique personalised touch, such as a company logo, family crest, design brand, or personalised motif, to create innovative, unique screens or panels.
Interior and exterior applications
Laser cut screens can be incorporated in so many ways in the home, commercial buildings, hotels, restaurants, bars and shopping centres.
Laser cut metal screens can be used internally for partitions, railings or banisters, wall features, suspended ceilings and privacy screens. They’re perfect as room dividers, for example, in a hotel’s dining and breakfast area.
Exterior applications can include window shutters, garden screens, gazebo walls, and balconies. Laser cut screens are particularly ideal for stairwells as they retain visibility and flow of light, but act as a protective barrier.
Laser cutting offers a wonderful range of aesthetic possibilities. You can choose from modern, traditional, contemporary and classic designs, or create your own pattern incorporating your company’s brand identity. It’s also possible to mix laser cutting with engraving for a truly unique decorative effect. Think about the way your design interacts with light, as laser cut screens can be used to diffuse light in an interior, or to decorate the exterior of a building.
WA Steel is Perth’s leading provider of specialist metal fabrication and sheet metal fabrication. They operate at the forefront of laser cutting technology, using the most versatile rotary index laser cutting system available. With a focus on achieving high quality steel fabrication solutions, WA Steel can create excellent and innovative laser cut screens for your next project. If you’d like to find out more, call WA Steel on 08 9377 3778 or visit www.wasteel.com.au