Water jet cutting vs. laser cutting
Cutting fiber-reinforced plastics with a water jet often results in the coating coming off, meaning that fibers and synthetic resin separate. Additionally, the strong forces which are exerted on the workpiece impair the cut quality. The result: fibers stand out. The laser, on the other hand, cuts cleanly and precisely, in a non-contact manner. The coating is not damaged in the process, meaning the fibers and synthetic resin do not separate.
Milling vs. laser cutting
Even with milling, the transfer of force causes negative consequences such as breakage and distortion. Additionally, this process often results in fiber pull-out (fraying). Machining operations are also connected with higher costs. This is because milling tools wear very quickly as a result of the hard fibers, which means they need to be replaced multiple times per shift. Likewise when material thickness and quality change, a tool change is often required, unlike with a laser. The laser also impresses with noticeably lower process times.