According to Wikipedia, "Laser cutting is a technology that uses a laser to cut materials, and is typically used for industrial manufacturing applications, but is also starting to be used by schools, small businesses and hobbyists."
Industrial lasers can cut a great variety of materials of varying thickness to almost any shape. But the big advantage is that laser cutting is quick, clean, accurate and adaptable, so it can be used by many businesses across a whole range of industries.
The most common materials that can be cut by a laser are:
- Steel, incl stainless steel
- Textiles and Plastics
- Organics (leather, cork, wax, etc)
- Wood, cardboard and paper
Again, it's the speed and accuracy that gives laser cutting such an advantage over more traditional methods.
TLM Laser are the UK and Ireland partner for Coherent Laser Machine Tools. These systems are designed for cutting fast and accurately with a low cost of ownership. For more information see Laser Cutting Machines.