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.
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
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.project costs.
Turret punching is the best option for when you need a repeated design but want to retain precision and accuracy. A turret punch uses a group of tools to punch through the sheet metal and they are commonly used to create round, square or rectangular holes of different diameters, dimples or louvres.
Though they cannot create complex designs like laser cutting, using a turret punch can reduce the time taken to produce medium and long runs of the same component. This makes it a cost-effective option for customers who require large numbers of a particular sheet metal components with perforations or other simple cut-outs.