Laser Cutting for the Automotive Industry

Laser Specialists Inc. offers precision laser cutting services for the automotive industry. We utilize innovative laser cutting technologies that work with a wide range of materials. LSI specializes in low-production, pre-production and production parts. Our professional laser cutting services help the automotive industry achieve excellent results with unbeatable efficiency. From prototype to production, we give you everything you need in laser cutting services and support for the automotive industry.

Automotive Industry Laser Cutting Services

Body In WhiteMany common laser-cut parts are “sheet-metal” parts that pertain to the automotive industry, which generally fall under the following categories:

  • Body In White (BIW) Components
  • Chassis Components
  • Bumpers, Dashboard Crossbeams & Supports
  • Skin & Moving Parts

And include but are not limited to the following:

  • Chassis Frame Raill AssyFloor Pans
  • A Pillars / B Pillars / C Pillars
  • Floor Rails & Roof Rails
  • Wheelhouses
  • Reinforcements
  • Engine Cradles & Front End Modules
  • Bumper & Bumper Brackets
  • Frame Rails & Crossmembers
  • Instrument Panel Components
  • Hoods
  • Roofs
  • Fins & Fenders
  • Doors & Lift Gates
  • Body Sides
  • Heat Shields, Gaskets & Manifold Components
  • Hot Stamped Components
  • Seating Frames, Brackets & Components

laser-cutting-automotiveSome Interior Automotive Laser Cutting Applications Include:

  • Headliners
  • Dashboards & Consoles
  • Door Moldings
  • Seating and Airbag Materials
  • Thermoformed Plastic Components

Our professional laser cutting specialists work with a variety of materials for the automotive industry to produce the automotive parts you need. Materials include carbon, mild, high strength and stainless steel, titanium, ceramic, plastic, rubber, acrylic, foam, and various textile composites. All of the materials are cut with the utmost precision and accuracy. We can mass produce orders, however our average part orders range from 50 to 1,000 pieces.

Advantages of Custom Laser Cutting Solutions

Automotive manufacturers utilize the advantages of our laser cutting services at various stages. These stages most commonly include:

laser-cutting-for-automotivePrototype – low volume part runs that allow automakers to manufacture components and assemblies that will ultimately be built into a test vehicle.  This phase is used to prove out designs, develop production intent manufacturing solutions and put test vehicles through rigorous crash test and safety protocols.

Pre-Production – medium volume part runs required to support the ramp up or launch phase of a vehicle. Often time’s dies or production intent tooling is not yet ready; therefore the laser serves as a versatile tool that can be programmed to cut to exact specification at a moment’s notice.

Low-Volume Production – low volume production programs are often a great opportunity to investigate using laser cutting to eliminate the expensive costs associated with die cutting / hard tooling. In this phase, these programs often fall somewhere into 2,000 – 100,000 vehicle sets per year. The added benefit of using the laser at this stage is that manufacturers now have a cutting tool that can be customized on the fly to support the cutting of products that have multiple trim variations or that are expected to change over the months and years ahead.

High Volume Production – high volume production part runs are sometimes achieved with the help of the laser. If there is an engineering change or recall on a vehicle component that requires immediate support, we can easily CNC program to the revised

trim requirement, without hard tooling. Alternately, sometimes the material characteristic of a production component rules out the ability to use hard tooling.  In that event, the laser is a strong choice with its inherent ability to intensely focus on a variety of hard materials to achieve optimal cutting (this is largely seen in hot stamping).

laser specialists cuttingQuality Material Cutting for the Auto Market

It is extremely important for the auto market that components are produced accurately and made to design specification so they are guaranteed not to fail. Quality control is a key element of our success at Laser Specialists Inc. We are continually refining our laser cutting systems and manufacturing processes to ensure that we not only meet but also exceed the requirements of our customers. We can assure you that LSI is committed to continuously improving our manufacturing processes to provide our customers with timely deliveries of defect-free, high-quality parts.  If you have any questions about our laser cutting services for the automotive industry, please call 586-294-8830.