Laser Cutting & Sheet Metal Bending FAQs

We’ve compiled a list of FAQs about laser cutting and our sheet metal bending service, but if you can’t find the answer please call our sales team on 01376 327182.

Laser Cutting

About laser cutting - delivery
About laser cutting - delivery
Do you supply material?2020-05-21T13:24:19+00:00

Yes we supply the material for all components that we cut, we cut various grades of mild steel, stainless steel, aluminium, brass, copper, galvanised steel and Zintec. See the list of materials section for more information.

What is the largest part size you can cut?2021-04-20T12:59:20+00:00

Most of our materials are supplied in a maximum sheet size of 3000 x 1500mm, but the laser cutting process requires a 10mm border around the sheet, so the maximum part size we can cut is 2980 x 1480mm.

Along with the 3000 x 1500mm sheet size the other generic sheet sizes available are 2500 x 1250mm and 2000 x 10000mm and so the largest part we could cut from these would be 2480 x 1230mm and 1980 x 980mm. The standard sheet sizes vary between material grades, finishes and thicknesses and availability.

For more info on availability please visit our materials page.

What is the minimum size of hole you can laser cut?2020-01-30T16:43:56+00:00

To make tolerance we say that the smallest hole we can laser cut is to match the thickness of the plate, ie 10mm plate, 10mm hole. We can cut much smaller than this but the tolerance cannot be kept, it is ideal for a pilot hole.

Do you accept free issue material?2020-05-14T10:19:48+00:00

No, we stock all the materials that we cut and use our purchasing power to pass savings on to you. Then we can provide you with a price including, material, processing and delivery, and you don’t need to source your materials.

How accurate is laser cutting?2024-01-03T11:07:58+00:00

One of the main advantages of laser cutting is the accuracy, our laser cutting tolerances are +/-0.25mm.

For 35mm and 40mm, our tolerances are + / -0.50mm, this is in line with ISO guidelines.

Find out more about our laser cutting technology here: https://lasered.co.uk/our-technology/

Will my items arrive polished and finished?2021-03-03T15:32:49+00:00

We do not offer any secondary processes, so your components will be sent to you as they come off the laser. Care is taken when processing the parts, so they will be as scratch free as possible, but if you need a bit more reassurance, some of our grades of aluminium and stainless can be ordered with protective film on.

See our materials page for more info: https://lasered.co.uk/laser-cut-metals/

What can I expect my finished items to be like?2020-05-21T11:20:33+00:00

Care is taken when laser cutting and processing the parts, so they will be as scratch free as possible, however we do not offer any secondary operations or finishing processes.

We can order stainless and aluminium between the thicknesses of 0.9mm and 3mm with a protective plastic coating which is specifically designed for fibre laser cutting. This will help keep the A face of the product scratch free and will give some protection during the fabrication process.

Do you offer engraving?2021-06-22T14:07:29+00:00

Engraving is not a service that we offer. We can etch onto parts, which is suitable for identification marks but is not substantial enough for logos or patterns in the same way as engraving. Our etching would most likely be covered by any secondary operations such as painting or powder coating and could be removed if the parts were run through a graining machine.

What is the smallest part you can laser cut?2021-02-23T11:59:52+00:00

As a rough guide, around the size of a 5p piece in our thinnest materials or a £2 coin in our thickest materials. To ensure a good quality final product, minimum part sizes often need review by production as it is dependant on the component design, material type and thickness.

I don’t want a lead-in on my part. Is this possible?2020-05-20T14:27:53+00:00

A lead-in is essential to the laser cutting process, so there will always be a lead-in pip. The lead-in ensures that the laser enters the cut line smoothly but it does result in a lead-in pip, a small bump on the outer edge of the component.

We will add lead-ins for you on the drawings as part of the setting up process, so there is no need for you to add these on your drawings. If you have a specific requirement, this will need to be discussed with the sales team to ensure your component is as you require whilst making sure the laser cutting process goes as smoothly as possible.

You can find out more about preparing drawings here: https://lasered.co.uk/technical-information/preparing-drawings/

Do you offer folding, deburring or any other secondary services for the laser cut items?2024-01-19T11:58:27+00:00

We focus on providing the best possible metal cutting service, so all of the components you receive will come straight from our laser cutting machines. We offer an inhouse bending service, if you have an interest in any other finishes, please don’t hesitate to ask as we can sometimes outsource this.

What is the process flow at Lasered Components?2024-02-07T15:10:47+00:00

We start by providing customers with a bespoke quote once the enquiry has been received by the Sales department, once confirmed, the order is checked internally by our Auditing department who thoroughly check the drawings and the enquiry for preventative issues. The parts are nested into Production onto the relevant sheets of material and are programmed to the machines for the cutting process to begin. All parts go through a series of quality checks by experienced Operatives, parts are then presented to the Dispatch department where they are carefully wrapped and booked to be shipped directly to customers.

How does laser cutting work?2024-02-07T15:14:48+00:00

A laser beam can be created in many ways, at Lasered Components we use the Trumpf TruDisk technology, this uses pump modules along with a series of mirrors to generate a high powered laser beam. Fibre optic cables are used to transmit the laser beam, allowing it to reach the cutting head efficiently and accurately. At the cutting head, the laser beam passes through a focusing lens. This lens concentrates the laser energy into a small intense spot, this high energy density then enables precise cutting. When the laser beam hits with the material, it rapidly heats and vapourises the material and the intense heat causes the material to be expelled. To help with the cutting process and remove molten material, an assist gas, such as nitrogen or oxygen, is simultaneously directed onto the material surface. The laser beam follows a predetermined cutting path on the material which considers various factors such as the shape, thickness, and material composition.

Where do you source materials and material origins?2024-02-07T15:14:41+00:00

Lasered Components uses reliable and reputable suppliers for all our material, it is imperative that we know and understand the origins of our material to ensure that we have full traceability and can provide mill certificates upon request to our customers. Please note that we do not use any Russian origin material. All our material comes from the EU, and other recognised world wide suppliers to ensure that our pricing remains competitive and of prime quality.

What gases do you use?2024-02-07T15:14:32+00:00

We primarily use nitrogen and oxygen. We mostly use oxygen for Mild Steel 10mm – 40mm as it provides a cleaner cut on thicker material. Nitrogen is used for all other materials. The major benefit of a nitrogen cut, is a clean oxide free cut edge ready for further processes such as welding and painting.

What does ‘unfinished’ mean?2024-02-07T15:14:11+00:00

Unfinished means that we don’t provide any secondary operations on our laser cut parts. You will receive your parts freshly packed directly from the laser bed. Most materials naturally will have some blemishes on them and are not entirely scratch free. This is because material needs to be handled throughout the production process. We do take great care when handling your parts but the nature of laser cutting means that no item can be 100% guaranteed to be scratch free. Unfinished may mean that some parts may need minor linishing to remove any molten slag which could have occurred during the cutting process and may have been coated in anti-splatter to aid in the cutting process.

What is Warping and Bowing?2024-02-07T15:16:43+00:00

Warping is the unwanted bending or miss-shapening of your parts. Whether you intend your parts to be flat, square, curved, round, etc., if it bends or twists unintentionally, that’s warping. Unintentional/undesirable warping can inconsistently happen to all parts.

Why do you not remove the plastic coating from the metal?2024-02-07T15:17:40+00:00

We don’t remove the plastic coating before or after the laser cutting process on sheet metal, the plastic coating serves as a protective layer during the cutting process. It helps prevent scratches, marks, and other damage to the surface of the sheet metal. Removing it before cutting will likely result in surface imperfections. The plastic coating makes it easier to handle and transport the sheet metal, especially for large or thin pieces. The coating adds a layer of grip and stability, making it less likely to slip or be damaged during handling. Plastic coating is standard on Dull Polished and Mirror Polished finishes and is avaliable on other materials by request.

What about the details on decorative parts?2024-02-07T15:18:22+00:00

We want to ensure that we can manage our customers’ expectations and always ask that decorative drawings are fully inspected internally by our Auditing department to ensure their suitability for laser cutting and to be able to consider the intricacy of the design, the material and thickness requested. We are happy to advise where we feel that if the design was tweaked, it would produce a better-quality piece and to work with customers ensuring that if it’s unachievable, that we explain why. If a customer chooses to proceed with a design, we may not be able to recut this design again.

What is anti-splatter and when you might see it?2024-02-07T15:18:59+00:00

Anti splatter refers to a protective lubricant coating which is applied prior to the laser cutting process for all Stainless , Aluminium, Brass and Copper. It is designed to prevent or minimise the occurrence of molten splatter during cutting. Molten splatter is the small molten metal particles or sparks that are produced when a laser beam melts and vaporises the metal sheet. The main purpose of using an anti-splatter is to improve the overall efficiency and quality of the laser cutting process and to reduce molten which remains on our customers parts. Splatter can cause unwanted marks, dents, or scratches on the metal surface. By using an anti-splatter agent, the formation of splatter is reduced, ensuring that the sheet metal remains intact and undamaged during cutting.

Can I order repeat parts, and will I pay the same price?2024-02-07T15:19:34+00:00

Ordering repeat parts is easy and we aim to process these for you quickly, please let us know what your previous job number was and we can marry this up to go straight to order once it has been repriced, we of course will always ensure that it is the best price possible. If there are any amendments to make to a repeat order, please do ensure that this is made clear in your correspondence so that we are able to capture these changes in your bespoke quote.

How can I speed up my laser cutting order?2024-02-07T15:20:08+00:00

We welcome all our customers to let us know if your order is time sensitive and encourage our customers to order ahead of time where possible. Customers can speed up the quoting process by ensuring that you provide all the relevant information to us in your correspondence including any CAD / DWG / NC files available. Our average lead time is 3-5 working days however, we will always ship our customers parts to them as soon as they are ready with fully automated emails letting you know that your parts have left our premises so you can track them on their journey by our trusted couriers.

What do you do to prevent rust and weathering on material?2024-02-07T15:20:57+00:00

Metal by nature does rust quickly when it encounters any moisture, so this is much more prevalent in the winter months. Lasered Components never stores any of our stock material outside and when it arrives on our premises, it is quickly stored appropriately in our dry and warm warehouse. Sometimes, customers will receive a part with surface marks on, which are hardly visible. This can look like rust, but sometimes it could be anti-spatter that’s used during the laser cutting process. This usually wipes off easily, and it isn’t rejectable.

How should I store material once it has been delivered to me?2024-02-07T15:21:43+00:00

All parts should be stored in a dry and warm environment once they’re received. Any exposure to moisture for prolonged periods of time risks rust spots appearing and oxidation to appear on the material.

What is flatness tolerance and how do I need to measure this?2024-02-07T15:22:18+00:00

Steel isn’t naturally flat. There are multiple reasons a laser cut part could warp, but fundamentally it happens because internal stresses inside the part become unbalanced. Most materials hold whatever shape they’re in (whether that’s flat or bent) because of the way they’re stressed. Imbalance can be caused by increasing or decreasing stresses in the part unevenly. Or it can be caused by removing partial sections of stressed material. We’ll do our best to let you know if parts in your order are likely to warp during the quotation stage and will highlight this risk within our email communication to you. If you choose to proceed with the risk and your parts do end up warping or bowing during laser cutting, we may reach out to you to discuss what can be done, however, the parts may not be rejectable, and recuts may have the same outcome.

Deep gouges Vs Light Scratches2024-02-07T15:23:01+00:00

Some materials by composition are softer than others and these are prone to surface scratches when being handled and loaded onto the bed of the laser. Deep gouges refer to significant indentations or cuts in the sheet metal surface. These gouges often appear when on thicker materials where a forklift is required due to the weight, we do have trained forklift drivers that do their best to limit issue. Light scratches are superficial marks on the surface of sheet metal. They are usually shallow and do not penetrate deeply. While light scratches may affect the aesthetic appearance, they do not pose significant structural concerns and depending on the secondary process applied afterwards, they wouldn’t be noticeable to the eye.

What is grained metal?2024-02-07T15:24:20+00:00

Grained material is achieved by lightly brushing / sanding the material in one direction through a feed route to achieve a surface finish with an aesthetically pleasing look. It is commonly used for appliances, cabinet hardware and other high-traffic areas in home décor as it helps disguise fingerprints and blemishes. There are a few different names for this material including:

  • Grained
  • Dull Polished
  • Brushed
  • Satin Finish
  • DP1
What is Pickled and oiled metal?2024-02-07T15:25:25+00:00

Pickling and oiling is a coating applied onto steel and some other metals to protect the surface from the mill. It slows down surface rust and is desirable when parts need fabricating as it gives a better surface for paints / coatings to sit on.

What is the difference between etching and engraving?2024-02-07T15:26:22+00:00

Etching consists of a light marking to the surface of the material without cutting through the material completely, this is achieved by using a lower power setting. Usually used for identification purposes. Engraving is a similar technique to etching but generally the cut is deeper and will last longer in the material, used for more decorative pieces. This is not something Lasered Components offer.

Sheet Metal Bending

About laser cutting - delivery
About laser cutting - delivery
What’s the largest part you can bend?2024-02-01T12:21:57+00:00

We can bend up to a 3m sheet and up to 20mm thick, however the largest leg length we can achieve is 550mm. The fold suitability for anything over 8mm is entirely dependent on the design, the radius of the bend and length of the part.

What thickness material can we bend?2024-02-01T12:20:37+00:00

0.9mm to 20mm. However for anything over 8mm, it will depend on the design of the part and the bends required.

What materials do Lasered bend?2024-01-11T12:17:29+00:00

Thicknesses: The range of material thickness we can fold are between 0.5mm to 20mm however, the fold suitability is entirely dependent on the design, the radius of the bend and length of the part.

We can bend an array of materials including:

  • CR4
  • Zintec
  • Galvanised Steel
  • S275
  • Aluminium
  • Stainless Steel

We are not currently bending any prefinished material or tread plate.

What’s the smallest part we can bend?2024-01-11T12:18:38+00:00

We can bend pieces of metal as small as 15mm x 15mm x 0.9mm.

What parameters affect the final bend angle?2024-01-11T12:14:20+00:00

Provided the available bending force is sufficient, and the machine dimensions are compatible with the size of the metal sheet, it is up to the operator to run the punch such that the desired bend angle is obtained after release of the load.

The final bend angle depends on:

  • Material mechanical properties
  • Material thickness
  • Bending tool setup
  • Punch radius
  • Die depth and width
  • Available bending force
What Angle Tolerance are we working to?2024-01-11T12:19:55+00:00

A tolerance of ±1°

What is bending?2024-01-11T12:06:25+00:00

Bending sheet metal is the process of permanently transforming a flat metal sheet into a curve or angle. In processing, bending creates a permanent deformation of the material.

What is the set-up for bending?2024-01-11T12:07:22+00:00

The basic principle for bending is that you need a force for influencing a permanent deformation in the material, and a support for the sheet metal. For press braking, terms commonly used are punch and die.

What is bend allowance?2024-01-11T12:08:29+00:00

Bending sheet metal will somewhat increase the original length of the workpiece, perpendicular to the bending line. Bend allowance is the extra material required to accommodate the bend in the material.

What is a bend angle?2024-01-11T12:12:42+00:00

The angle of the bend in sheet metal is measured between the bent flange and its original position, or as the included angle between perpendicular lines drawn from the bend lines. Sometimes specified as the inside bend radius. The outside bend radius is equal to the inside bend radius plus the sheet thickness.

How narrow can I bend?2024-01-11T12:15:40+00:00

It depends on how ductile the material is. A very ductile steel workpiece can be folded like a piece of paper, whereas a brittle one may crack at minor bend angles.

Order Process

About laser cutting - delivery
About laser cutting - delivery
How can I obtain a quotation and what do I need to provide?2020-05-26T09:15:12+00:00

Please provide details of the number of components you require, the material and thickness you need them cut from and CAD files along with your delivery address to the sales email sales@lasered.co.uk.  We can draw simple shapes but it is best to provide us with CAD files, we accept DXF, DWG or NC files.

Please see our guide on how to prepare your drawings to enable us to process your order as quickly as possible: https://lasered.co.uk/technical-information/preparing-drawings/

I don’t have access to a CAD program, how do I create drawings to send to you?2021-07-22T09:41:18+00:00

If you don’t have access to AutoCad or a similar CAD program to create a drawing to send to us, you can find free or low cost CAD software online. Sketchup is available as a free 30 day trial and we know that the web-based ‘Shop’ option of the software should fulfil the needs of most of our clients for a relatively small annual fee. You can create fully dimensioned technical drawings of the metal components you require and save them as DXF or DWG files for us to use to price and produce your order.

Can you provide a quote over the phone?2021-06-09T13:28:19+00:00

General enquiries are welcome by phone 01376 327182, but unfortunately we cannot offer prices, quotations or take orders over the phone. There are several parameters that affect component pricing which are calculated by our system after drawings of your component are uploaded. We also need to have a traceable record of all of the details of your order from beginning to end.

For more information read our article ‘How much does laser cutting cost?

We also have a guide about how to prepare your drawings for laser cutting.

How long is my quote valid for?2021-05-06T14:59:48+00:00

Due to the current market conditions, our quotes are valid for five days or until the end of the month, whichever comes first.

Do you hold all materials in stock?2020-08-12T15:12:43+00:00

We keep a wide range of materials and thicknesses in stock. We source less popular materials on a job by job basis and are sometimes subject to a longer lead time, your Estimator will be able to give you more specific information when you request a free quote.

Please take a look at our materials section for further information. If you have any queries, please ask one of the sales team for further details on 01376 327 182 or sales@lasered.co.uk

Can you send me a sample?2020-05-21T11:24:11+00:00

Samples can be provided when required, please send further details so that we can provide you with a quote.

Please read our guide on what to send us for a fast and accurate quote for your laser cutting: https://lasered.co.uk/technical-information/preparing-drawings/

In what format can I send the CAD files?2020-12-09T16:19:14+00:00

We accept DXF, DWG or NC files. All drawings will need to be supplied in a 2D format. We are able to draw basic shapes but prefer to have the CAD files when available.

Preparing your drawings for laser cutting correctly will help to streamline your order process, enabling us to get your order out to you as quickly as possible. Please see our guide on how to prepare your drawings.

Can I pay for an express service?2021-03-03T16:07:58+00:00

We aim to maintain optimum lead times for all of our customers, so we do not offer an express service. We can however, price for any job to be booked onto a morning delivery. This needs to be requested at the quotation stage.

Do you accept free issue material?2020-05-14T10:19:48+00:00

No, we stock all the materials that we cut and use our purchasing power to pass savings on to you. Then we can provide you with a price including, material, processing and delivery, and you don’t need to source your materials.

Can I get a material certificate for my order?2021-02-26T11:22:34+00:00

We supply and keep on file all material certificates for all parts and orders in materials, S275JR, S355JR & S355J2 and all stainless steel and aluminium.

For more info about material certificates and traceability read this: https://lasered.co.uk/technical-information/traceability/

Do you supply material?2020-05-21T13:24:19+00:00

Yes we supply the material for all components that we cut, we cut various grades of mild steel, stainless steel, aluminium, brass, copper, galvanised steel and Zintec. See the list of materials section for more information.

Can I get a Certificate of Conformity for my order?2020-05-21T13:19:01+00:00

Every delivery of laser cut components comes with a Certificate of Conformity as standard.

Find out more about our accreditations here: https://lasered.co.uk/technical-information/documentation/

Lasered Components offers full traceability for all our components from source to delivery, mill certificates are available for; S275, S355, all aluminium and all stainless steel. Find out more about traceability here: https://lasered.co.uk/technical-information/traceability/

Can I bring a sample component in for you to work from?2021-05-06T15:10:09+00:00

We can look at a physical sample or photograph to see if we can laser cut what you require, if viable we will need you to provide CAD files or fully dimensioned drawings to process your order. Measuring and copying a component is time consuming and might not be accurate if the part has been used and is worn or damaged or if secondary processes have been applied.

All drawings need to be supplied in a 2D format, we accept DXF, DWG or NC files. If you prepare your drawings for laser cutting correctly, it will help to streamline your order process, enabling us to provide you with an accurate quote and get your order out to you as quickly as possible.

Find out more about how to prepare your drawings to send to us: https://lasered.co.uk/technical-information/preparing-drawings/

Do you offer a CAD service?2020-05-26T11:26:23+00:00

We do not currently provide a CAD service, we can draw simple shapes but it is best if the customer provides us with CAD files. We accept DWG, DXF and NC files for laser cutting. All drawings will need to be supplied in a 2D format because we only cut flat components from sheets of metal.

Find out more about how to prepare drawings to send to us here: https://lasered.co.uk/technical-information/preparing-drawings/


About laser cutting - delivery
About laser cutting - delivery
Do you charge for a full sheet if I only need a few small parts?2020-05-20T14:38:25+00:00

No, we only charge for the section of the metal sheet required for your job.

We ‘nest’ jobs on sheets to make the best use of materials. Nesting is the term for arranging the parts to be cut on the sheet of metal in a way that minimises waste, this has the dual benefits of creating less waste product and keeping material costs down for you.

How long is my quote valid for?2021-05-06T14:59:48+00:00

Due to the current market conditions, our quotes are valid for five days or until the end of the month, whichever comes first.

Will the price per piece be less on a larger order?2020-05-26T12:41:52+00:00

We offer competitive prices for all quantities and size of orders. Larger quantities usually allow for better material utilisation and bigger savings, contact our sales team for a quote sales@lasered.co.uk.

How can I pay for my order and what are the payment terms?2021-06-08T09:51:27+00:00

All new customers are required to submit a customer information form when requesting a quotation, then, subject to credit checks, we can either offer a credit account or run an account on a pro forma basis. Pro forma accounts can be settled using any major credit or debit card.

Can I pay for an express service?2021-03-03T16:07:58+00:00

We aim to maintain optimum lead times for all of our customers, so we do not offer an express service. We can however, price for any job to be booked onto a morning delivery. This needs to be requested at the quotation stage.

What is your minimum order quantity or value?2021-08-05T15:09:34+00:00

We don’t have a minimum order quantity, but our minimum order value is £75 plus VAT.


About laser cutting - delivery
About laser cutting - delivery
Can I collect the order myself?2021-06-30T14:31:48+00:00

Yes, we can notify you when your order is available for collection. If you intend to collect your order from our factory, please ensure you highlight this to your Estimator during the quotation stage. We will be able to give you the dimensions and weight of the package if required, to ensure that you have a suitable vehicle to transport it safely.

Where do you deliver to?2021-06-10T08:22:17+00:00

We deliver laser cut metal components all over the UK mainland.

Please confirm your delivery address when ordering so that we can select the most suitable service and provide you with an accurate price.

We can manufacture parts for Ireland and Northern Ireland but we cannot deliver using our network. You are welcome to arrange your own courier service to collect your order.

How will my order be delivered?2020-01-30T16:44:24+00:00

Depending on where you are based and the size and weight of your order, we use a combination of our in-house delivery service, TNT and overnight pallet networks to get your orders to you quickly.

When can I expect my order once it has been placed?2020-01-30T16:45:00+00:00

Our average lead time is 3-4 working days but this does change due to demand. Our sales team will advise you of current lead times when contact us to enquire or place your order.

Any Questions about laser cutting?

If you can’t find the answer you are looking for, please contact our knowledgeable sales team, who will be able to advise you on any laser cutting related questions.

Please note: We are unable to provide quotes or prices over the phone, please email us your requirements and we will respond as quickly as possible.

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