Products made from industrial grade ceramics are used by a wide variety of industries, from petrochemical companies that use ceramic linings for oil piping, to textile industries that need low-friction ceramic guides for their weaving machinery. Manufacturing these ceramic products can be very profitable, but only if the fabricators use the right tools to turn raw ceramic materials into finished products.

Laser cutting has a number of advantages over other methods used to cut ceramic materials. If you need high quality industrial ceramic products, here are four reasons to choose products fabricated using laser cutting technology:

Material Versatility

Because industrial ceramics come in many forms, it can be difficult to find a cutting method that is capable of cutting different ceramic types with equal effectiveness. For example, water jet cutting may not be suitable for thick, abrasion-resistant ceramics, since the process relies on the abrasive crystalline materials present in the water jet.

Laser cutters can be used to cut through almost any type of industrial ceramic material. Their powerful lasers run hot enough to cut through heat resistant ceramics, and will not run into problems when cutting abrasion-resistant or chemically inert ceramic types.

Zero Mechanical Stress

Many types of industrial ceramics are brittle, and may crack or shatter when placed under excessive mechanical stress, ruining the finished product. Cutting brittle industrial ceramics using cutting saws can be very risky, and even water jet cutters can place thin ceramic products under heavy stress loads.

Laser cutting is a 'no-touch' cutting technique, that places zero mechanical stress on any part of the ceramic material while it is being cut. The powerful lasers used by laser cuttings slice through ceramic materials using heat alone, so you won't have to worry about weak points or hidden stress fractures in your finished products.

Rapid Turnover

Laser cutters can cut through tough industrial ceramics more quickly than most other cutting methods. This is ideal if you need custom-made ceramic products on short notice, or you have a large order of ceramic products that need to be manufactured as quickly as possible. 

If you need a range of different ceramic products, most modern laser cutters use integrated computer numerical controls (CNC). CNC laser cutters can be rapidly programmed to cut ceramics into different shapes and designs. A variety of different products can be made quickly, with minimal downtime while the cutter is reprogrammed.

Precision Cutting

The laser beams used by modern industrial laser cutters are extremely narrow, and computerised control allows laser cutters to make precise cuts that exactly match the specified designs.

Ceramic products and components manufactured using laser cutters will be exactly the shape and size you need for the job, and products from the same run will be identical to one another, making them ideal for precision applications.