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Process: Laser Cutting

Overview

Laser cuttingLaser cutting is a process that uses laser technology to cut materials, usually sheet metal.

Laser cutting uses a continuous or pulsing laser beam to cut. The beam contains a lot of energy which is concentrated in one point. When the beam hits a material, the material vapourizes, burns, melts or cracks. Exactly what happens depends on the material and the laser cutting machine.

Laser cutting results in fine tolerances, because the laser beam is thin and also because it is possible to aim very accurately where the cut is wanted. Since the laser beam is so thin, materials are not particularly affected by thermal heating. The thin beam also makes it possible to cut complex shapes in very thin materials.

Some laser cutting machines also have a third axis, sometimes referred to as a z-axis, which makes it possible to cut three-dimensional.

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Laser Cutting projects for quote

Fabrication-Laser Cutting

This company specialises in the manufacture of props for the film industry and requires the assistance of an external supplier, in order to laser cut and etch/engrave mild steel base plates. This will be an ongoing project, with repeat orders available for the chosen vendor. Owing to the client's £20,000 annual spend on this type of work, there may also be room to assist with additional projects moving forward.

Fabrication-Laser Cutting

Two different profiled parts are required for manufacture, for end use within the packaging industry. The buyer in question spends over £30,000 per year on all outsourced fabrication processes and would like to hear from suppliers that are able to undertake the production of these parts on an ongoing basis. Suppliers who can offer an enhanced level of quality and a fast turnaround will be looked upon favourably.

Fabrication-Laser Cutting

Profiling of alloy steel parts is required by the client - a company who outsources fabrication work to the tune of a substantial £500,000 a year. These are destined for end use within a project for the rail industry and must be supplied complete to drawing. This will be ongoing work; meaning that the successful supplier wins not only the job in question, but also a new long-term customer.

Fabrication-Laser Cutting

Stainless steel and acrylic port holes are currently required to be profiled for end use within the furniture industry. The client is a company that operates within this arena and outsources fabrication work to the tune of £10,000 annually. They are looking for quotes on 20 off of each part for immediate order placement.

Fabrication-Laser Cutting

This is an urgent requirement from a manufacturer of industrial equipment. They currently require the urgent assistance of a laser cutting company with immediate capacity, who is able to profile the attached array of mild and corten steel components. Delivery of these items is needed as soon as possible and the client will look favourably upon quotes from companies that can offer a quick turnaround. Moving forward, there will be additional orders of these parts and due to the buyer's £20,000 annual spend in the realms of subcontract fabrication, they may also wish to utilise the services of the successful supplier within additional projects. Therefore, this is an opportunity not only to fill immediate capacity, but also to win a new long-term customer.

Fabrication-Laser Cutting

This sizeable package of laser cut parts is required, by a Qimtek member whose subcontract fabrication spend exceeds £50,000 annually. These components are required for end use within the food and beverage industry and thus, will need to be made from stainless steel. Although this is a one-off requirement, there is plenty of similar work from this company which could be extended to the successful supplier.

Fabrication-Laser Cutting

This recovery vehicle manufacturer is looking for a supplier who is able to produce the attached components from mild steel. The client outsources a lot of work that is similar in nature and spends £10,000 annually in the realms of subcontract fabrication; therefore, there may also be additional profiling requirements from this buyer moving forward.

Fabrication-Laser Cutting

With an annual spend of £100,000 on fabricated parts, this manufacturer of material handling and storage equipment requires the assistance of an external profiling supplier, for the production of a package of plates, lugs and gussets. This set of parts comprises both stainless steel and mild steel components. There is an immediate order to place, which could pave the way to additional projects for the chosen supplier.

Fabrication-Laser Cutting

The attached package is laser cut parts is comprised of mild steel, stainless steel and aluminium components. With a £100,000 spend on bespoke fabricated items, this manufacturer of industrial machinery has plenty of call for similar parts on a regular basis. Currently, they are keen to expand their supplier base for their ongoing supply and therefore, they are keen to investigate applicable lead times and costs from additional third parties. There is an immediate order to place, with more to follow at a later stage.

Fabrication-Laser Cutting

The assistance of a supplier with laser cutting capabilities is needed, in order to profile the attached spanners from 5mm thick stainless steel. The company with the requirement specialises in the manufacture of excavation machinery and spends £100,000 a year across all fabrication processes. They are looking to cultivate a relationship with a supplier who can facilitate production of this part on a repeat basis, with delivery of the initial batch of 100 off needed by the end of February.