Laser Cutting

For a better cut, choose Kloeckner, the industry leader in laser cutting capabilities.

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Laser Cutting Process


Kloeckner offers wide-ranging laser cutting capabilities throughout our expansive network of North American service centers. Committed to the highest level of customer satisfaction, we stock an unprecedented range of process and products, including products processed to precise customer specification no matter the dimensions or tolerance. We also offer complete warehousing services and inventory management, plus expert consultation throughout. As a result, our customers routinely have their entire supply chains invoiced through us.

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Which carbon steel grades are best suited for laser cutting?


    While laser cutting is a highly versatile and precise cutting process that can be used on a wide range of materials, including carbon steel, there may be certain carbon steel grades that are not ideal for it.

    In general, it is most effective on low to medium carbon steels, as well as some high-strength low-alloy (HSLA) steels. These steels are typically more easily cut with a laser due to their lower carbon content and more uniform composition.

    However, some high carbon steels and some specialized alloys may not be suitable for laser cutting due to their composition and properties. For example, high carbon steels are more prone to cracking due to their increased brittleness, which can result in poor cut quality and reduced productivity.

    Additionally, some specialized alloys may not be suitable for it due to their composition and properties. For example, some high-strength alloys may be more difficult to cut due to their increased hardness and toughness, which can reduce the speed and effectiveness of the process.

    Therefore, it is important to consult with a knowledgeable metals service center to determine whether a specific carbon steel grade or alloy is suitable for laser cutting. The provider can help assess the material’s composition, properties, and intended application to determine whether it is the best cutting process or if another cutting method may be more appropriate.

  • Are stainless steels laser cut?


    Yes, stainless steels can be laser cut using a high-powered laser beam. The process is highly precise and can produce clean and accurate cuts on stainless steel sheets and plates.

    Stainless steels, which are a family of corrosion-resistant steels containing at least 10.5% chromium, can be laser cut using either CO2 or fiber laser technology. CO2 lasers are commonly used for cutting thicker stainless steel sheets and plates, while fiber lasers are preferred for thinner sheets and plates.

    One of the advantages of laser cutting stainless steel is that it produces a clean, oxide-free cut edge, which is important for applications that require high levels of hygiene and cleanliness, such as the food and medical industries. Additionally, it is a highly precise process that can produce intricate and complex shapes, allowing for a wide range of design possibilities.

    Overall, it is a highly effective cutting method for stainless steels, and it is used extensively in industries such as aerospace, automotive, and medical device manufacturing, as well as in architectural and decorative applications.

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