Laser cutting works by directing the output of a high-powered laser most commonly through optics. The laser optics and CNC (computer numerical control) are used to direct the material of the laser beam generated. The focused laser beam is then directed at the material, cutting the material leaving an edge with a high-quality surface finish.
Laser cutting sheet metal allows contours, splines, and other uncommon geometry to be quickly cut into a workpiece.
A turret punch or turret press is a type of punch press used for metal forming. The tooling of a turret punch uses a large number of standard punch tools: holes of varying sizes, straight edges, commonly-used notches or mounting holes.
By using a large number of strokes, with several different tools, in turn, the turret press can make a wide variety of parts without having to first make a specialized press tool for that task. This saves both time and money, allowing for rapid prototyping, and it can also be used to start low-volume production without tooling delays.
Turret punching can produce products faster than traditional laser cutting if the geometry allows. Our twenty-nine station, auto-tool change out allows our machine to keep running without operator interference until part completion. No time is wasted changing tools out, regardless of how complex the job may be.
If the geometry of the workpiece is not overly complex, turret punching can be used as a faster and more cost-effective solution than laser cutting.