materials

Materials

Laser Precision has the ability to work with a wide variety of raw materials, but has a distinct competency in processing Aluminum, Carbon and Stainless Steel sheets and plates.

Primarily we work with

  • Aluminum shim stock -.250″ thick.
  • Carbon steel shim stock -.750″ thick.
  • Stainless steel shim stock -.500″ thick.

We also have experience processing

  • Alloy Steel
  • Armor Plate
  • Brass
  • Hastelloy
  • Inconel
  • Titanium
  • Tool Steel

Aluminum

Aluminum is a relatively soft, durable, lightweight, ductile and malleable metal with appearances ranging from brushed grain to dull gray.  It is a nonmagnetic material that does not easily ignite.  Aluminum is also known for serving as a good reflector of visible light and a superior reflector (as much as 98%) of medium and far infrared radiation. The yield strength of pure aluminum ranges between 7–11 MPa, while aluminum alloys can have yield strengths ranging from 200 MPa to 600 MPa.  Aluminum has about one-third the density and stiffness of steel.  A much softer and lighter alternative to steel, it is easily machined, cast, drawn and extruded.

 

Mild and Carbon Steel

Mild and Low-Carbon Steels are the most commonly purchased form of metal because of its relatively low price along with mechanical and chemical properties that are acceptable for many applications. The majority of low-carbon steel contains approximately 0.05–0.18% carbon, making it both malleable and ductile. While mild steel has a relatively low tensile strength, it’s advantageous in structural applications because it’s economical and generally very easy to form.  They are often used when large quantities of steel are needed, and are generally produced in plates, sheets, coils, and structurals.

Stainless Steel

Stainless steel is a steel alloy with a minimum of 10.5% chromium content by mass.  Stainless steel differs from carbon steel by the amount of chromium present in the material. Unprotected carbon steel will rust readily when exposed to air and moisture.  Stainless steel does not readily corrode, rust, or stain with water as ordinary steel does.  That said, it is not fully stain-proof in low-oxygen, high-salinity, or poor air-circulation environments.  There are different grades and surface finishes of stainless steel to suit the environment or application the alloy must endure. Stainless steel is used where both the properties of steel and corrosion resistance are required.  Some common applications of stainless steel include engine components, food processing equipment, and highly visible components on products.