Characteristics and applications of copper

Copper is an important part of many industrial, technical and engineering projects. Cutting copper can be a challenging task as the metal is more of a reflector than an absorber of infrared laser light. Although there are many different types of laser cutting machines available, we most often recommend the use of fibre lasers for cutting copper and other non-ferrous metals. The main advantages of using copper in industrial manufacturing are its thermal and electrical conductivity and its resistance to corrosion. It can also be converted into wire or shaped in various ways without losing its strength. Laser-cut copper strategies can be used to cut materials used in construction, electronics and plumbing. Copper is also very effective for creating alloys with other metals. These alloys have many of the same properties as copper and therefore face the same challenges in determining the best way to cut them.


Choosing the right copper laser cutter

Although there are several options available for cutting copper, some of them are more effective than others. Traditionally, CO2 lasers have been used to cut copper because of its ability to cut cleanly through thick material. However, the copper sheet must be coated with graphite spray or magnesium oxide emulsion to prevent reflections, which can damage the laser. For a long time, CO2 lasers were the best way to cut copper and were a popular choice throughout the industry. around 2008, with the advent of fibre lasers, more advanced technology came into play. Fibre laser cutting makes cutting copper more efficient and economical as the beam does not reflect back into the resonator and cause damage. Fibre laser cutters are also ideal for cutting copper as they can cut a wide range of material thicknesses, from thin to thick. Fibre lasers can also cut large volumes of material, thus speeding up production for manufacturers.

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