Aluminium Cutting

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Traditionally a difficult metal to laser cut, our 3kW and 6kW fibre lasers can easily profile aluminium and aluminium alloys up to 40mm thick. Our high quality sub-contract aluminium laser cutting services provides exceptional part output and precision.

Due to the reflective nature of aluminium, it is difficult to cut on traditional CO2 lasers. However, our recent investment in fibre laser technology, an advanced alternative to CO2 lasers, means this is no longer an issue. Profiling aluminium on our two Bysprint Fibre laser machines is not only quicker but also considerably cheaper.

What sets aluminium apart from other materials is it’s high corrosion resistance and high strength compared to its weight. For these reasons we have been cutting aluminium for a range of industries including aircraft design and build, boat building and construction industries, to name a few. Trailing behind iron, aluminium is now the world’s second most widely used metal.

We keep a number of aluminium sheets and thicknesses in stock, if we don’t have the specific material you require, we can usually source it within 24-48 hours. We’re also happy to cut your free issue material if required.

For aluminium plate from 0.1mm to 15mm thick, we recommend our fibre laser, for material thicker than this up to 230mm we suggest using our waterjet cutting service

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Aluminium Laser Cutting Capabilities

Maximum Cutting Size
6m x 2.5m (6000mm x 2500mm) – For larger sheet sizes we recommend waterjet or plasma cutting.

Maximum Material Thickness

Minimum Material Thickness
0.4mm (Technically we can cut thinner than this, but given the malleability of aluminium at such low thickness it can be tricky.)

Complex Details
Our CNC driven laser cutting machines are able to process even the most complex and intricate designs.

Cutting Tolerances
View our laser cutting tolerances here.

Cutting Edge Quality
Laser cutting aluminium and aluminium alloys provides a smooth finish quality, although this is sometimes degraded slightly on thicker sheets. As we shroud the laser in Nitrogen gases, it prevents oxidisation ensuring we achieve a clean, blemish free cut, ready for welding without any extra machining.

We’re able to laser cut aluminium plates and sheets and in all grades as well as numerous aluminium alloys. Some of the more common grades we get asked to cut include:

  • 1050A
  • 1200
  • 2014
  • 5083
  • 5251
  • 6061
  • 6082

Even if the grade you require is not listed, we could still source and cut it for you. Please contact us with your preferred grade and requirements.

Patterned Aluminium
Aluminium plate and sheet can be supplied in patterns, here are a sample of some of the patterned aluminium sheets we can laser cut:

  • 5 Bar Treadplate
  • Stucco
  • Hammered
  • Checkmate


Typical Applications
Due to it’s versatility, aluminium can be used for a huge range of applications. Including, but not limited to:

  • Ship Building
  • Architectural/Civil Engineering (street furniture, structural sections, decorative panels)
  • Automotive (vehicle bodies, trailers, truck frames)
  • Marine Structures
  • Road Signs
  • Hospitality (Food industry containers)

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State-Of-The-Art Facilities

With an ethos for consistent innovation, we continue to invest in the latest cutting technology to provide our customers with only the very highest quality profile cut parts.

24-hour cutting

Our suite of state-of-the-art laser cutting machines is operational 24 hours a day; ensuring we’re always able to provide efficient lead times.

Precision parts

We know how important accuracy is for our clients. Our revolutionary lasers provide the very best in precision cut parts.