How It Works: Our CNC Laser Cutter in Action

How Automation Makes Metal Works Even Better at What We Do

At Metal Works, the machines aren’t taking over, but they sure are helping our employees do their jobs better and faster!

What Is CNC technology?

CNC (Computer Numerical Control) technology allows a computer to control the movement of a tool, usually in two or three axes. CNC technology has existed since the 1960s, though it used to be very expensive and difficult to implement. Recent technological advances have reduced the price significantly, while efficiency and productivity have improved.

At Metal Works, we use various CNC tools, including plasma cutters, CNC press brakes, and robotic welding machines. The most impressive tool in our arsenal is our new 12kW CNC laser cutter, which uses a strong beam of light to cut through steel plates up to 1” thick.

How It Works

In the case of our laser, movement coordinates are sent to the tool, which moves the laser source in two dimensions (x and y) using code generated from a computerized CAD (Computer Aided Design) drawing program.

How Does Metal Works Use It?

In our production process, our CNC laser emits an intense beam of light that can cut steel to extremely precise sizes, without the “mess” of heat-based cutting left behind by a conventional torch or plasma cutter. Nothing cuts steel as neatly as a laser.

The result is perfectly shaped parts, accurate to very specific dimensions, in a fraction of the time it would take a person to make them. We often use this technology in production work, letting the machine do the most tedious jobs and freeing our workers to do processes we can’t automate.

Benefits for All

Metal Works has transformed from a two-person operation into one of the leading steel fabricators in the Western US by providing high-quality work, on time and on budget. And by automating some of our processes, we can provide faster, more accurate, and even more budget-friendly service to our customers.

How can we use automation to help with your next project? Get in touch to find out!

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