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FAQs

What is laser cutting?

Light amplification by stimulated emission of radiation. Basically, this entails firing a laser beam at material to melt, cut, or vaporise it to form the required shape.

How accurate is laser cutting?

Machine suppliers quote plus or minus 0.2mm, though the reality is that this can vary significantly without constant servicing and maintenance. SSC can work to tighter tolerances if requested, but this takes time to adjust machine parameters. Additionally, a laser cut on thicker materials can be difficult to measure accurately due to gas striations

What materials can you cut?

On our flat bed lasers, the materials we can currently process include mild steel (0.5-30mm), stainless steel (0.5-30mm) and aluminium (0.5mm to 30mm) in most forms. But the industry is changing with the advent of fibre laser technology. We can also now cut Brass up to 15mm, Copper up to 12mm. For more info, read our blog here.

On our tube lasers, the materials we can currently process are Mild Steel and Stainless Steel (200x200mm Box Section, 240 OD Tube, 15mm wall in Mild Steel and 6mm wall in Stainless Steel with a weight of 40kg/m) Aluminium, Copper and Brass (130mm Box Section, 130mm OD Tube, 6.35mm wall in aluminium, 5mm in Brass and 4mm in Copper with a weight of 17Kg/m)

 

What drawing files can you accept?

DXF, DWG, IGES, STEP and NC files are the most common and easily transferrable into most CAD/CAM systems.

How long will my order take?

SSC will quote extremely accurate lead times based upon current live capacity. We have 3 flat bed lasers, 2 tube lasers and 3 press brakes to ensure we have the capacity to meet our customers requirements.

How do you calculate my quote?

Using our MRP system, we have a precise quotation package that gives extremely consistent pricing on every quotation.

Can I pay by debit/credit card?

Yes – just give us a call and accounts (option 5) will happily take your payment before dispatching your goods.

 

What is your payment deadline?

30 days from the end of the month

Do you have a minimum order quantity?

No – we can produce individual products. This is the fundamental benefit of a laser cutting service. There is no need for expensive tooling and jigging. However, please see our minimum order values below.

Do you have a minimum order value?

  • Flat – £150.00
  • Flat & fold – £225.00
  • Tube laser – £300.00

Do you supply the material?

Yes – in most cases. We are also happy to cut free issue material.

Do you cut free issue material?

Yes – but it must be of good enough quality to laser cut.

What’s the smallest hole you can laser cut?

The traditional rule was that the thickness of the material was equal to the smallest diameter hole. But this has changed with the advent of advanced piercing techniques and further still with the on-going development of fibre laser technology.

Why should I laser cut?

It is probably the most cost-effective and fastest way of producing a clean and accurate profile.

Why use a tube laser?

A tube laser takes away all the old processes of marking, drilling and sawing box section and offers a more precise and repeatable finished product.

What will the tube laser cut?

Mild Steel, Stainless Steel, Aluminium, Brass and Copper. It cuts RHS, SHS, CHS, angle, channel, flat bar and irregular sections. We can cut up to 200mm x 200mm square and 240mm diameter.

How thick is a laser beam?

This can vary dependant on optic cleanliness, but the optimum C02 laser beam is 0.2mm. Again, this has changed with fibre lasers, as this is a more controllable beam delivery system and is closer to 0.1mm.

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