Decide on the Best Cutting Process for Your Gaskets
Once you have determined the best materials for your gaskets, the next questions you will have to answer is how to cut them. There are many new technologies that can help you to get your gaskets cut. Generally, we recommend either die cutting or laser cutting your gaskets. Understanding a bit more about the benefits and drawbacks of each will help you to make the best decision for your next project. Here are just a few things to know about laser cutting and die cutting:
- Die cutting. Die cutting is a commonly used technology in both the gasket and plastic extrusion industry. Dies are created to mimic the shape of the gasket need and then pressed through stacks of material in order to achieve the prescribed shape.
- Dies can be used on a wide variety of materials. Known to be versatile, dies can be used for a wide range of materials including rubber compounds and metallic materials. This is a limitation of laser technology.
- Dies can cut large amounts of materials. By taking advantage of a hydraulic press, die cutters can work through large rolls of raw material which can make getting gaskets completed a quick, easy process.
- Laser cutting takes advantage of technology. Available since 1964, carbon dioxide lasers are used to cut materials into gaskets using a beam of infrared light with a wavelength of 9.4 to 10.6 micrometers.
- Lasers move above the material. Unlike die cutting, which are generally stationary, lasers complete their cutting using a moveable track above the material that needs to be cut. Laser cutting is ideal for non-metallic materials that need a high level of precise cuts. The benefit of this computer-guided process is that there is usually not any shearing effect on the finished gasket materials.
Die cutting and laser cutting have their advantages. Call Gasko today to speak with one of our engineering staff on your specifications and which type of cutting will be best for your project. Call us now for information and to schedule a rapid prototype for your latest gasket project.