Experimental Study of Cutting Different Materials with a 1.5KW CO_2 Laser
Using a CO_2 laser with the power output range of 0.4-1.2KW, a cutting experiment has been systematically carried out on mild steel, stainless steel, titanium and aluminum with various thicknesses with a view in showing the limits of this process. The results obtained have clarified the effect of major cutting parameters such as cutting speed, assist gas pressure, laser power and thickness of the plate, upon the essential factors for estimating the qualities of the cut including kerf width, HAZ width, surface roughness of the cut and the amount of dross deposition. Cutting conditions for the highest productivity and for the best quality of the cut have been shown.
- Transactions of JWRI
Transactions of JWRI 7(2), 249-260, 1978-12