With the automotive sector rapidly evolving, there are thousands of parts, pieces and people involved in designing, developing, and manufacturing vehicles.
Laser technology has opened up exciting possibilities and advantages for the automotive trade. Tube laser cutting provides a productive and flexible method of tube processing – a service that titanium supplier, Ti-Tek, is proud to offer – helping the industry to keep pace with demand.
Recently purchasing a £120k state of the art tube laser cutting machine, Ti-Tek are committed to keeping the motor industry at the forefront of new developments, with tube laser cutting providing safe and reliable products. They purchased the fibre tube laser cutting machine as part of an expansion project, producing a wide range of finished cut parts for the Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM).
How does laser cutting work?
Tube laser cutting machines are CNC controlled by 3D CADCAM software where a laser beam of high-intensity light is directed from a computer towards a metal. It goes through the bore of a nozzle before hitting the metal plate.
To make sure that the spot is perfectly round and consistent, the beam must be precisely focused, using a special lens or curved mirror in the laser cutting head, resulting in high heat density.
The high power fibre tube laser cutting machine, and rapid heating, cause the metal to burn, melt, vaporise or be blown away so it can then be reshaped to suit diverse design possibilities.
Benefits of laser cutting in the automotive industry
A fibre tube laser cutting machine eliminates the need for marking out, sawing, drilling, deburring and shaping – and also prevents the need for additional punches, clamps, tools or jigs. There are many other ways the fibre tube laser cutting machine can benefit the automotive industry, including:
- Clean and perfect cuts (no edge rework required)
- No material fixation needed
- Flexibility (choice of contours)
- High level of precision
- High level of productivity
- Consistently high cut quality
- No tool wear
What are laser cutting machines used for?
No industrial mass-produced product has changed everyday life for mankind like vehicles.
Car manufacturing is one of the most important branches of the automotive industry, and users appreciate the reliability and consistency of tube laser cutting.
The fibre laser cutting machine is great for machining complex materials, used in the automotive industry, including:
- Fitting and panelling
- Fibreglass composites
- Protective coatings
- Insulation mats
- Carbon Fibre Reinforced Composites (CFRP)
- Upholstery fabrics
- Car seating
Get in touch
Need to know more about tube laser cutting and the automotive industry? Don’t hesitate to get in touch with the team at Ti-Tek. They are always on hand to help and will be more than willing to share their expertise.