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Laser Cutting

Laser Machining at Mcafee

McAfee Tool & Die offers laser machining for small to large production runs for consistent precision and repeatable parts. We also use laser cutting for prototype and single-part manufacturing. Laser machining plays a big part in developing dies and tooling before the final machining of cut sections, which aids in the accuracy of parts produced with tooling and dies we build at McAfee.

Cutting Measurements

Below are the maximum cutting thicknesses for different materials we can work with.

  • Mild Steel: Up to 0.625 inches
  • Stainless Steel: 0.375 inches
  • Aluminum: 0.250 inches
  • Copper: 0.125 inches
  • Acrylic: 0.750 inches

The table size we work with is 48” x 96”. The table size is the maximum cutting area available for the laser cutting machine. We can assist with materials that are within the dimensions listed above.

Laser Cutting Customer Success Story

A potential customer stopped in with a sheet of material and a disk with the data for a part he needed machined. We quickly loaded his data in engineering and gave him a tour of McAfee Tool & Die.

During his tour, our Sr. Programmer was notified about the data and had it loaded onto his computer before the customer entered his office. The customer was surprised to see his part on a computer at the other end of the building, and the part looked perfect for laser cutting. While the customer watched, he was able to see his part programmed. Then the sheet of material the customer had was taken to our laser machine along with the program to cut it. The customer saw his part cut and was happy to take the completed part with him when he left.

large capacity laser cutting

Benefits of Laser Machining

No Physical Tooling

Unlike traditional cutting methods that require specialized equipment, laser cutting does not require physical tooling. This eliminates the need for tooling setup and reduces associated costs and lead times.

Prototyping and Production

Laser cutting is suitable for both prototyping and production runs. The flexibility of laser cutting allows for quick and cost-effective production of prototypes. This enables design iterations and testing before committing to large-scale production.

Precise Cutting

Laser cutting produces a narrow heat-affected zone, minimizing material distortion or warping. This technique helps maintain precise dimensions when working with heat-sensitive materials.

Intricate Designs

Intricate designs are possible with laser cutting due to the high precision of the directional beam. The beam can follow intricate patterns and give detailed cuts that may be challenging with other cutting methods. This is partially beneficial when working with smaller parts that require tight tolerances.

Many Materials

As seen with the given dimensions above, laser cutting can work with a wide range of materials. These materials include metals, plastics, wood, fabric, leather, and more. This versatility makes it suitable for various industries and applications.

Overall, laser cutting provides numerous advantages in manufacturing. It is helpful for businesses looking for precise, efficient, and versatile cutting solutions. Contact us today to see how we can help you get started with Laser Cutting!