Cnc Turret Punching Vs. Laser Cutting

September 12, 2019

Operators can use a turret punch or laser cutter to cut through material during sheet metal fabrication. With developments in both technologies, manufacturers can use both machines effectively in the right context. Many operators now focus on laser cutters because of their newer capabilities, but turret punches also have plenty of utility. An experienced operator can perform high-quality work with either of these machines. This blog post will review each machine’s capabilities in sheet metal fabrication.

About Turret Punches and Laser Cutters

Turret punches and laser cutters process sheet metal into parts by cutting the material. Learn more about each process:

  • Turret punching: During the turret punching process, the operator places a sheet of metal between a punch and a die. The punch presses into the material, pushing excess metal into the die. Computer numerical control (CNC) turret punching uses computer programming to follow a design’s direction. This coding allows the punch to perform an automated cutting process.
  • Laser cutting: Laser cutters use a focused beam and gas to vaporize sheet metal. The beam cuts through the metal, then a stream of gas blows through the cut area to form the desired cutout. Coated mirrors guide and focus the laser beam while shielding it from the operator’s eyes. A laser cutter can also use CNC technology to automate the vaporization process.

Each machine suits different situations better than the other. A turret punch can fit more applications than some professionals may think.

Versatility of CNC Turret Punching vs. Laser Cutting

A turret punch and laser cutter can have similar levels of versatility, depending on the model used. Generally, laser cutters can cut into thicker material than turret punches. Advanced turret punch models have stronger cutting power that allows them to work with more metals. Turret punches can perform more secondary operations than laser cutters, including:

  • Tapping
  • Blanking
  • Forming
  • Extruding
  • Deburring

With a turret punch machine, a fabrication shop can save time and money on processes that laser cutters cannot handle.

Versatility of CNC Turret Punching vs. Laser Cutting

Compared to a laser cutter, a turret punch has a more economical price and can perform more tasks. These factors combined lead to higher cost competitiveness for turret punching than laser cutting. When a business chooses a fabrication company that uses turret punching, the savings pass on to their project costs.

Cost Competitiveness for Laser Cutters and Turret Punches

On average, a turret punch makes fewer hits per minute than a laser cutter, but additional factors improve its efficiency. An advanced laser cutter can perform 10,000 hits per minute compared to turret punching’s 1,000. However, a turret punch’s versatile capabilities and reduced lead times can make up for the fewer hits per minute.

Request Turret Punching Services From Fairlawn Tool, Inc.

Fairlawn Tool, Inc. utilizes advanced CNC turret punching to provide sheet metal fabrication services across multiple industries. As a single-source solution, we can perform a wide range of services for more efficient results. Learn more about our capabilities by contacting our team online

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