At Shearline, our experienced sheet metal engineers will make the decision based on the drawing specification, lead time and cost expectations. Of course, if you have a preference, let us know and we will take this on board when quoting the job.
|Punching can be more efficient when there are multiple holes of a regular shape||Punching is not best suited for complex shapes|
|Punching is well suited to medium and large production runs||Punching can only process thinner materials, up to 3mm|
|Laser cutting can process thicker materials, up to 10mm||Laser cutting can be slower if the part being cut has lots of uniform sized holes|
|Laser cutting tends to be more efficient especially when the holes are irregular shapes||Laser cutting may be less cost effective over long production runs – however this is dependent on the shape and thickness of the part to be cut|