Turret Punch vs. Laser

Today laser cutting has intruded on the space that historically belonged to punching and it has become the star technology in the sheet metal fabricating industry, since it helps fabricators to become more and more productive and competitive. Punching, however, still offers advantages over laser cutting, which make the punching machine irreplaceable.

Tools evolution: There are tools that permit to cut progressively, eliminating marks between punched holes, getting a quality similar to laser cutting. In addition, laser cannot do forming operations, and to do these, punching machines are required, with which various forming operations can be performed, for example, lovers, electrical knockouts, extrusions, emboss, etc.

Floor space: In most cases, the floor space needed by a punching machine is usually smaller than a laser cutting machine, which is a great advantage in any company.

Production cost: The cost of producing parts in a punching machine is far less than to make in a laser. On thinner materials and simple geometric shaped parts, no laser can compete with the cost of the punching machine. Also, in general, the initial investment to purchase a punching machine is lower than purchasing a laser cutting machine.

 

 

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