The aerospace industry bears many similarities to the automotive industry in that thousands of different parts and dozens of materials are used within the process, albeit on a larger scale. The aircraft industry alone is growing rapidly, and revenues have doubled in the last decade. With this in mind, the industry has been looking for ways to reduce costs.
Laser cutting is the preferred solution for this and is used for laser cutting high-strength aluminium alloys to ensure a good finish and low heat-affected zone; something that had previously been unachieveable.