Metal Cutting and Engraving
Laser-CutZ can process metal product in various ways using different best applicable metal cutting technology. Metal engraving jobs are handled in shop locally in Brooklyn, New York. Small metal cutting jobs can be done in the office too. Larger metal jobs with complex surfacing and thick metal sheets are doe at the factory either in Brooklyn or in China. Jobs running in the office can be done one the spot, same day or next day. Brooklyn metal works factory can deliver next day if needed. Factory in China can deliver jobs in 5-14 business days if rash processing is needed. (That’s deliver final product to client’s location anywhere in USA) Such arrangement for metal cutting gives NYC local clients bets options on prototyping speeds or lower prices if oversees production is acceptable.
Fiber Laser Engraving on Metal
Metal Engraving is done with state of the art fiber laser. Different metals have different properties. Laser-CutZ can do quick touch up engraving so surface would look like an ink or we can do deep engraving so big channel will go inside material. Such channel can be filled in with ink or different material such as gold (for example silver jewelry with real gold lettering) We can do deep engraving of up to 0.6mm in almost all materials.
Fiber Laser Cutting
Small object with not too thick material can be cut with our fiber laser cutting machine. This mostly works perfectly for monograms and small decorative parts. Our fiber laser metal cutter can cut metal sheets of up to 1.6mm. This ideal for projects that require extreme precision that cannot be achieved with CNC or water jet. Such metal cutting does take a lot of time.
Waterjet Metal Cutting
Water jet metal cutter is ideal for projects that do not require high precision. Water jet metal cutting machine can cut metal of up to 2” thick, trade off such power is that tolerance is 1/16” and kerf is also 1/16” (meaning machining hole left from water stream is 1/16” which means minimal radius would also be same) Watter jet cannot stop instantly or male very fast turns in directions so simple shapes are preferred. On average water jet needs 3-4 days to process quotes, and 1 week to do the cutting once material is on hand. Emergency projects can be processed next day but needs to be evaluated on individual basis.
CNC is traditional way if removing material with a drill bit, most of projects can be done with CNC, minimal inner radius may be limiting factor and accessibility of bit can affect production possibility. CNC can do both 2D and 3D designs. Any project submitted for CNC processing needs CAD file in STEP or IGES format (or Solid Works file of 2012 or earlier versions)
Additional metal services may be available on request, such as welding, bending, painting, chrome plating, gold plating, polishing.
Some metal materiel properties and metal fabrication portfolio can be found here
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I’ve always been in love with cutting and engraving on wood. But the fact that the technology is available to do much the same thing with metal now is really cool. I’ve had some projects float back to the surface of my mind that I want to try out now. Thanks for sharing!
I totally agree with Tobias: the fact that we can engrave metal with technology is SO cool. I absolutely love the design on the metal pocket knife in the second picture. I’ve been looking for a birthday gift for my husband and I bet he would love something like that. Also, I never knew that waterjets could cut metal. I’d actually never even heard of waterjets before reading this post. I would love to learn more about them!
It’s good to know that Waterjet metal cutting is good for non-precision projects. Knowing how precise I need my metal cut would definitely help in deciding which method to go with. Going with the one that is best for your project may mean that you save time and money from having to have the project redone.
good point Kendall. Water Jet is less precise then our metal cutting CO2 and Fiber lasers but of course its it has good advantages as when metal cut with water jet edges will not be burned so less post processing is needed. Additional benefit of water jet is that it can cut very thick metal up to 8″ and some times even more.
I would have to disagree with the precision of waterjet cutting. Depending upon the waterjet used, the precision can be very close in tolerance and also complexity.
waterjet has different nozzles and different particles in it so tolerance can be “edited” based on material need to be cut. If you only cut one type of material its easy to get better results. if you are a custom shop that does everything like LaserCutZ then there is no universal mode for water jet to be able to have laser like results on all materials. Also water jet can not change water stream direction very fast. So i would still say that water jet is not as precise as laser. If i compare steel cutting on very delicate jewelry peace (or any other metal cutting) repression will be (in best to worst) MOPA laser, fiber laser, CO2 laser, water jet, wire cutter. I can probably do few sample cuts and share an article later on. MOPA laser is on top of my list as o can so feature size as small as 0.5mm and note that is feature size not a hole size. So say i have start to cut. in inscribed circle can have start made as small as 0.5mm. This would be absolutely impossible with water jet.
I need a 3/4 in round and 1/8 thick pice of brass engraved with a p and a circle around it. I can email you the pic if you are able to do it . also need the same one done in brushed stainless as well, can you do this small job ? willing to pay extra if can be done within the week
yes we can do any kind of metal engraving. please use contact form to send your project details
I’m interested in decorative engraved Moulding that I’ll use on my furniture, typically 1”x60” or much more
we would need to see design and if you want to laser it or cnc mill 3d carvings
Hi. I’m looking for laser machine to cut soft metal aluminum and brass. I need to make on 2mm tick brass sheet very Narrow inside lines with perfect inside corners.
if you need to buy machine then you need at least 1-1.5kW fiber laser with nitrogen gas assist. Such fiber cutters are fairly expansive as they are industrial machines