This is the process use in the manufacturing sector that involves the use of computers to control machine tools. Tools that can be controlled in this manner include lathes, mills, routers and grinders.
It creates part shapes by cutting sheet material using an intense laser beam. By the use of high-density light as a cutting method, energy focused through a tiny hole in a nozzle and vaporized when the beam strikes the surface of the work piece.
Offers low cost for prototype and short runs since no physical tooling is needed. Heat distortion is minimal and typically limited to about 10% of material thickness.