Compared with other methods of material cutting, laser cutting has the following advantages:
- It is a non-contact process. Flexible or fragile materials can be cut by a laser beam with high accuracy, and without the material distortion typically caused by mechanical cutting.
- Laser cut width is extremely narrow (typically 0.1 to 0.3 mm).
- The laser cutting process is fully computerized and automated.
These advantages of laser cutting, and the lack of need for complex anchoring mechanisms, allow to the cutting system to be quickly reset, for example from cutting a steel component to a polymer component.