What can laser systems do better?

Laser cutting of wood in comparison with milling and sawing

Wood is used in a very wide range of sectors and has always been a much loved material because of its versatility in use. Efficient laser technology is increasingly being used for machining, because it provides a multitude of options compared with conventional machining methods and offers particular advantages through contactless material machining.

This is illustrated by a comparative overview:

A COMPARISON OF WOOD AND VENEER MACHINING

 

Laser cutting

Milling

Sawing

Cutting edge quality

  smooth, chip & burr-free

  unmachined / matt

  unmachined / matt

Cut quality in the cycle

  constant

  decreasing

  decreasing

Cutting accuracy

  good

  good

  average

Fine details / radius-free inner contours

  yes

  conditional

  no

Flexibility / Individuality

  high

  conditional

  slight

Labeling / Engraving

  yes

  yes

  no

Contamination

  no chips

  chippings

  chippings / dust

Material damage / breakage

  contactless

  mechanical stress

  mechanical stress

Tools wear

  no wear

  easy exchange, if worn

  leichter easy exchange, if worn

Material waste

  very little

  high

  average

 

COMPARISON OF THE WORK PROCESSES

Laser:

Design

Process

Product

Mill:

Design

Fixing Tool selection

Process

Slacken fixing Deburring/Grinding

Product

Sawing:

Design

Fixing Tool selection

Process

Slacken fixing Deburring/Grinding

Product