The Best Cutting Technology for Custom Metal Fabrication
Cutting techniques used in custom metal fabrication in Toronto fall into three broad categories: use of manual tools, machine cutting, and burning, which is often through laser cutting.
While all of these technologies have their certain use in sheet metal fabrication, laser cutting is a technique that stands out above the others.
Manual cutting tools are the most basic and common tools that are manipulated by hand to cut the metal. These include saws, shears, chisels, and many others, which are not the most efficient or cost-effective method.
Several steps above the use of manual tools for custom metal fabrication is machine cutting which involves drilling, turning, and grinding, to name a few. The machines use various tools to achieve the desired edge smoothness for the workpiece being cut. The costliest part of machine cutting is tooling as constant machining causes the tool’s edges to wear down fast and resulting in frequent replacement.
The most recent and advanced technology used during custom metal fabrication in Toronto is burning or welding that cuts at materials with high precision and efficiency. This cutting technology includes the use of plasma, flame, and lasers. Amongst those burning or welding technologies, lasers are a flexible option since they can cut virtually any metal material, with the exception of extreme reflective metal surfaces.
Lasers provide smooth, clean, and precise edges. They are also very quick, produce consistent cuts, and they never dull. This means the fabrication process continues smoothly as there is no need for switching tools or additional tooling replacements. Unsurprisingly, no other cutting technique is as efficient and useful in high-detail custom metal fabrication in Toronto than laser cutting. It is the most flexible metal cutting style and although it’s slightly pricier than some other cutting technologies, its precision and versatility are unparalleled.