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SHEARING Part Type: Rods COLD-SAWING THIN-WHEEL ABRASIVE ECC WIRE EDM LASER CUTTING Material Type: So Metals Length: Not ideal for lengths under 0.125" (3.175 mm). Diameter: Suitable for most diameters, except diameters under 0.125" (3.175 mm). Tolerances/Kerf: No kerf Capacity, Speed & Cost: Capable of fast, high volume produc on. However, diameter/thickness impacts volume/speed. Less cost-effec ve for short runs. Part Type: Rods, Tubes, Extrusions Material Type: Cannot cut hard metals Length: Not ideal for lengths under 0.125" (3.175 mm). Diameter: Not suitable for small diameters: ODs under 0.125" (3.175 mm) and on very small IDs. Tolerances/Kerf: Wide kerf. '+/- 0.005" (0.127 mm) tolerance. Capacity, Speed & Cost: Fast and high volume, long blade life reduces produc on costs. Part Type: Rods, Tubes, Extrusions Material Type: All metals Length: ideal for lengths as short as 0.008" (0.20mm) up to 6.0" Diameter: All small diameters under 1" (25.4 mm) for solids and 3" (76.2 mm) for tubes. Cannot cut large diameters–over 1" (25.4 mm) for solids and 3" (76.2 mm) for tubes Tolerances/Kerf: Minimal kerf 0.012" to 0.020" (or 0.3 to 0.5 mm). Produces extremely close tolerances Capacity, Speed & Cost: Bundle increases produc on quan ty, providing cost savings on high-volume requirements. Part Type: Rods, Tubes, Extrusions Material Type: Cannot cut so materials. Length: Not ideal for very short cuts under 0.125" (3.175 mm). Can cut very long lengths. Diameter: All small diameters under 1" (25.4 mm) for solids and 3" (76.2 mm) for tubes. Cannot cut large diameters–over 1" (25.4 mm) for solids and 3" (76.2 mm) for tubes Tolerances/Kerf: Wide kerf. Extremely close tolerances. Capacity, Speed & Cost: Bundle increases produc on quan ty, providing cost savings on high-volume requirements. Part Type: Rods Material Type: Hard Metals Length: Short Parts: 0.125" (3.175 mm) to 1" (25.4 mm) Diameter: Small Diameter: under 0.020" (0.50 mm) Tolerances/Kerf: Minimal kerf Capacity, Speed & Cost: Good for high volume, but slow. Part Type: Rods, Tubes Material Type: Lasers are also not well suited to cu ng highly reflec ve metals such as aluminum and copper Length: Widths as small as 0.004" (0.10 mm) are possible —however, it depends on material thickness. Diameter: Can only cut a maximum of 0.5 (12.7 mm) thickness Tolerances/Kerf: Minimal kerf. On thin metal, lasers can cut precisely with tolerances as ght as +/-0.001 Capacity, Speed & Cost: Slow and expensive.

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