For Original Equipment Manufacturers, one nonconforming part can negatively impact final product performance, safety, and reliability. Receive parts that fit, form, and function as intended with CNC tube laser-cutting services from Superior Tube Products. We are an Iowa-based manufacturing solutions provider that specializes in turnkey laser-cutting for OEMs and their supply chain partners. For full-scale production runs, we can deliver exactly what you need.
Laser Cutting Explained
Laser cutters create patterns and designs by cutting into materials. The process utilizes a focused laser beam to melt, burn, or vaporize material in a localized area. A co-axial gas ejects the molten material and creates a kerf. A continuous cut is produced by moving the laser beam or workpiece under Computer Numeric Control, or CNC.
This fabrication method is capable of producing intricate parts without custom-designed tooling. It’s ideal for use on a variety of materials.
- Carbon and alloy steel
- Stainless steel
- Rollover protection systems or structures, which are also called ROPS
Pinpoint laser beam sizing and innovative computer-aided controls make tube laser cutting highly accurate. Additional benefits include:
- High-quality cut
- No finishing
- Low heat input
- Small heat-affected zone
- No surface blemishing
- Low distortion
While CNC tube laser cutting is an effective fabrication method, like all trades, it has a unique set of challenges. Inexperienced or untrained technicians can have trouble with thicker materials or produce defects such as uneven cuts, blowout, and thermal runaway.
When partnering with STP, there’s no worry. A team of knowledgeable and highly trained personnel sets us apart in the laser-cutting marketplace. They have a customer-first, quality-driven mindset and are backed by a dedicated quality and investments in state-of-the-art equipment.
The STP Advantage
STP provides in-line and six-axis CNC tube laser cutting to meet the stringent tolerances of critical applications. They enable us to laser cut holes, slots, and end cuts in tubes before or after bending. We can laser cut a variety of tubing shapes.
- Custom shapes
Our in-line CNC tube laser cutting process is perfect for producing straight parts with holes, irregular shaped slots and copes, and compound angle end cuts. It supports up to 16” OD round or 11.8” square steel tubing with wall thickness up to .5”.
A six-axis CNC laser-cutting machine enables our operators to make precision cuts on large tubing, including after bending and forming operations. It prevents hole deformation and keeps material from tearing.
Complete Tube Laser Cutting either before or after bending
- In-line Tube Laser cutting up to 16" OD round and 11.8" square tubing.
- CNC 6-Axis Laser cutting for larger tubing and for laser cutting after bending and forming.
- Capable of cutting many types of steel including carbon and stainless steel.
In-Line Tube Laser Cutting
- Capacity for up to 16" OD round or 11.8" square steel tubing with wall thickness up to .5".
- Perfect for efficiently producing straight parts with holes, irregular shaped slots and copes, and compound angle end cuts.
Using a 3D 6-Axis laser allows laser cutting after bending and/or forming
This is crucial in many applications in order to prevent hole deformation and/or to prevent the material from tearing. When the application demands precision coping or end cutting after bending, we can hold tight tolerances by laser cutting.
Laser Cutting Large Diameter Tubing
The 6-Axis lasers are not constrained by the tube diameter or length limitations imposed by the in-line machines. We can laser cut parts that are much larger and longer. One of our largest parts is a 36 foot long 9"x7" tube with numerous slots and holes.
3D solid and surface-based CAD programming
Off-line programming and cutting simulation helps to eliminate trial and error set-up, thus minimizing scrapped parts.
Our six-axis lasers are not constrained by the tube diameter or length, like in-line machines. We can laser cut parts that are just about any length and size, but the most substantial part we’ve fabricated to date is a 36-foot-long 9 “x7” tube with numerous slots and holes.
STP’s laser cutters can hold tight tolerances, even when the application demands precision coping or end cutting after bending. Off-line programming and cutting simulation eliminate trial-and-error setup, which minimizes scrap rates. Our CNC tube laser cutting is ideal for a range of industries.
- Office furniture
- Fitness equipment
- Retail fixtures
- Outdoor power equipment
- Lawn and garden
- Precision measuring equipment
- Medical equipment
By combining cutting-edge equipment and highly skilled operators, STP provides industry-leading laser-cutting services. Here are some of our advantages.
- Shorter lead times-Greater precision
- Minimal to zero finishing requirements
- Heightened efficiency
- Reduced downtime
Since our lasers produce pinpoint cuts, there are few or no finishing requirements. Edges are smooth and free from burrs. The beams are also tightly focused, resulting in no internal flaws from heat exposure. With no damage and burrs, quality checks take less time.
Your Laser-Cutting Service Provider
When it comes to fabricating a high-level assembly, a manufacturer may have dozens, if not hundreds, of parts that require significant workforce hours to make. Integrating laser cutting into a process causes headaches and ultimately slows finished product delivery.
Free your workforce to focus on their primary functions by partnering with STP for CNC tube laser cutting. It’s a cost-effective fabrication solution for large quantities of components.
Contact us to learn more about our CNC tube laser cutting services.