Laser Cutting

We’re proud to use the latest technology in laser cutting.

A Bystronic By Fiber 30-15 6Kw complete with extended tower loading facility
puts Steel Dynamics at the forefront of laser cutting technology and is one of
the first machines of this size and power in the UK. The Fiber laser will cut
30-40% quicker than a typical Co2 laser…

  • Machine(s): Bystonic 6.0Kw By Fiber 30-15 complete with extended
    tower loading facility
  • Max Thickness: 25mm Thick
  • Max Profile Size: 3000mm x 1500mm

What is Fiber Laser Cutting?

A fiber laser is a laser in which the active gain medium is an optical fiber doped with rare-earth elements such as erbium. The way it generates its beam is distinctly different from that of a Co2 laser which uses resonators. Fiber lasers are much more ecofriendly than Co2 lasers using typically less than 50% power consumption compared to a Co2 Laser. They are also more reliable and cut parts up to 6mm thick 30-40% quicker than a Co2 Laser.

What’s the advantages?

  • Additional power and better beam quality provide cleaner cut edges and faster cutting speeds, typically 30-40% faster on thicknesses up to and including 6mm
  • Ability to cut aluminium, copper and brass where a Co2 laser can’t
  • Reliability: fiber lasers exhibit high vibrational stability, extended lifetime, and maintenance-free turnkey operation
  • High quality edge finish
  • High peak power and nanosecond pulses enable effective marking and engraving
  • Intricate parts can be manufactured easily, quicker and far more cost effectively than machining or even Co2 lasers depending on thickness

 

Laser Cutting Co2

We own the largest laser cutter available in the UK from a metal service centre.

With the ability to cut up to 25mm thick stainless and a single profile size of 8000mm x 2500mm we truly are dynamically different in the area of Laser cutting. We also operate a Bystronic 4.4Kw with a bed size of 6500mm x 2500mm. running these two machines 24/7 7 days a week means our customers always have short lead times, typically 3-5 days.

Laser cutting has transformed the way many companies both think and design equipment. It is so diverse in its capabilities that companies use laser cutting for  the nuclear industry, Oil and Gas Industries, Petrochemical Industries, Food and Processing and architectural to name but a few.

  • Machine 1: Bystonic 6.0Kw Twin Bed
  • Max Thickness: 25mm Thick
  • Max Profile Size: 8000mm x 2500mm
  • Machine 2: Bystonic 6.0Kw Twin Bed
  • Max Thickness: 25mm Thick
  • Max Profile Size: 6000mm x 2500mm
  • Machine(s): Bystronic 4.4Kw Twin Bed
  • Max Thickness: 25mm Thick
  • Max Profile Size: 6000mm x 2500m

What is Laser Cutting?

Laser cutting is a technology that uses a laser to cut materials, and is typically used for industrial manufacturing applications. Laser cutting works by directing the output of a high-power laser, by computer, at the material to be cut. The material is then left with a high-quality cut finish and incredible accuracy.

Advantages of laser cutting over mechanical cutting include easier work holding and reduced contamination of work piece (since there is no cutting edge which can become contaminated by the material or contaminate the material). Precision may be better, since the laser beam does not wear during the process. There is also a reduced chance of warping the material that is being cut, as laser systems have a small heat-affected zone.

Laser cutting for metals has the advantages over plasma cutting of being more precise, however, most industrial lasers cannot cut through the greater metal thickness that plasma can. Newer lasers machines like ours operating at higher power (6000 watts, as contrasted with early laser cutting machines’ 1500 watt ratings) are approaching plasma machines in their ability to cut through thick materials, but to date 25mm thick is the maximum thickness available to be cut on industrial lasers.

What’s the advantages?

  • One off’s to hundreds of thousands
  • High Quality Edge Finish
  • Ability to be incredibly accurate typically +/- 0.25mm depending on thickness
  • Intricate parts can be manufactured easily and far more cost effectively than machining.

 

Hartford Infinity 420 Series, Twin Column Vertical Machining Centre.

Able to process pieces up to 4000 x 1800 x 1000 and weighing up to 11,000 kgs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vertical Machining Centres

We operate 2 x state-of-the-art Haas VF4 CNC Vertical Machining Centres.

 

 

 

 

Technical Specifications

  • Bed Size: 50″ x 20″ x 25″ (1270 x 508 x 635 mm)
  • 40 taper
  • 30 hp (22.4 kW) vector drive
  • 8100 rpm
  • Inline direct-drive
  • 20-station carousel tool changer
  • 1000 ipm (25.4 m/min) rapids
  • 1 MB program memory
  • 15″ color LCD monitor
  • USB port
  • Memory lock keyswitch
  • Rigid tapping and 55-gallon (208 litre) flood coolant system

 

Waterjet Cutting (Twin Head)

One of the largest WaterJet Cutting machines in the UK.

With the ability to cut up to 200mm thick and a single profile size of 6000mm x 3000mm
no one can touch our WaterJet cutting capability.

  • Machine 1: Bystronic Twin Head 86,000 PSI ( Twin Pumps )
  • Max Thickness: 200mm Thick
  • Max Profile Size: 6000mm x 3000mm
  • Machine 2: Bystronic Twin Head 86,000 PSI ( Twin Pumps )
  • Max Thickness: 200mm Thick
  • Max Profile Size: 6000mm x 2000mm

What is Waterjet Cutting?

A water jet cutter is an industrial tool capable of cutting a wide variety of materials using a very high-pressure jet of water, or a mixture of water and an abrasive substance. The water and abrasive is then passed at high pressure through a nozzle. The addition of abrasive allows the high pressure water to be able to cut through hard materials such as Stainless Steel and Granite.

What’s the advantages?

An important benefit of the water jet is the ability to cut material without interfering with its inherent structure, as there is no “heat-affected zone” (HAZ). Minimizing the effects of heat allows metals to be cut without harming or changing intrinsic properties.

Water jet cutters are capable of producing intricate cuts in material and highly complex shapes can be produced.

Due to its narrow kerf, water jet cutting can reduce the amount of scrap material produced, by allowing uncut parts to be nested more closely together than traditional cutting methods thus saving more money on raw materials.

Water jets are capable of attaining accuracies down to 0.13 mm and repeatability’s down to 0.025 mm.
Water Jet cutting produces no heat affected zone (HAZ).

 

Plasma Cutting

 

We have two large bed plasma machines.

The standard plasma boasts a cutting area of 12000mm x 3000mm and can cut both in air and underwater.
Our Hi-Definition Plasma has the ability to further increase both cut quality and accuracy up to 40mm thick with a maximum profile size of 6000mm x 2500mm.

  • Machine(s): Hi-Def Plasma ESAB M3 360AMP, Standard Plasma ESAB Water Injected Superex
  • Max Thickness: Hi-Def 40mm Thick, Standard Plasma 150mm thick
  • Max Profile Size: 12,000mm x 3,000mm

What is Plasma Cutting?

Plasma cutting is a process that is used to cut steel of different thicknesses using a plasma torch. In this process, an inert gas is blown at high speed out of a nozzle; at the same time an electrical arc is formed through that gas from the nozzle to the surface being cut, turning some of that gas to plasma. The plasma is sufficiently hot to melt the metal being cut and moves sufficiently fast to blow molten metal away from the cut. Plasma cutting is widely used in most industries for heavy plate cutting, it has long been seen as a low cost alternative to laser profiling where cut angle or accuracy isn’t an issue. Recent developments in the high precision / high definition plasma process have significantly improved the quality and capabilities of plasma cutting, making it a more versatile and accurate option than ever before. Steel Dynamics are pleased to confirm there Hi-Def Plasma is one of the latest models currently available.

What’s the advantages?

  • Economical – Plasma Cutting is Cost effective
  • Ability to cut a wide range of materials
  • Ability to cut the thicker end of materials (up to 150mm thick stainless) cost effectively

When Plasma cutting underwater we can keep the surface of the metal cool. This prevents warping and damage to the parts being cut.

Our dedicated sales team have impressive industry knowledge and a supplier base
of manufacturers that spans the globe.

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