Laser Cutting

The laser cutting technology area has information on 2-D and 3-D cutting machines, optics, resonators, cutting gases, and automated material handling systems. In addition to conventional CO2 systems, it has information on solid-state fiber and disk lasers.

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Bystronic Challenge encourages fabricators to try fiber lasers

April 24, 2014

Bystronic has announced the Ultimate Fiber Challenge to introduce fabricators to fiber laser technology, especially those manufacturing parts less than 0.1875 in. To participate in the challenge, visit A link there provides a form...

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TRUMPF appoints managing director in Mexico

April 22, 2014

TRUMPF Inc., a producer of fabricating machinery and industrial lasers in Farmington, Conn., has named Alberto Pancardo as the new managing director of TRUMPF Mexico. He is responsible for sales and service of the company’s machine tools and power tools in Mexico, as well as the production of...

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Mazak Optonics names GM of customer service

April 22, 2014

Laser cutting system supplier Mazak Optonics Corp., Elgin, Ill., has appointed Mark Dilling as general manager of customer service. He is responsible for all issues related to customer satisfaction, including equipment installation, machine training, technical services, and parts delivery....

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Laser system processes large-volume 3-D components

April 22, 2014

Prima Power Laserdyne offers the Laserdyne 795 system for drilling, cutting, and welding of medium- to large-volume 3-D components with a minimum of setups. Employing a moving-beam motion system, the multiaxis laser is designed for flexibility of motion and tight tolerances. The...

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Fiber laser comes with three cutting modes

April 15, 2014

Murata Machinery USA Inc. offers the Muratec LS3015FC fiber laser for precision cutting of sheet metal and such reflective materials as copper and aluminum. Incorporating IPG resonators, the laser uses about one-third less power than conventional CO2 lasers, states the company. In addition,...

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Trumpf TruLaser 5030 fiber with BrightLine fiber


Length: 1:06

The TruLaser 5030 fiber is a high performance laser cutting machine that features a TruDisk solid state laser. The cutting speed in thin materials can be up to 3 times faster than CO2 cutting. The quality trade-offs of cutting thick material cutting with solid state lasers are now eliminated with the BrightLine fiber option. BrightLine fiber delivers outstanding cut quality and performance in thicker steel and stainless steel, making the TruLaser 5030 fiber the best all-around laser cutting machine on the market.

Life with a fiber laser

April 7, 2014


Accrotool Inc., New Kensington, Pa., had a 1,500-W laser cutting machine from 2001 that needed to be replaced. A fiber laser was deemed the perfect choice for the shop’s cutting chores. However, to be successful, the company’s management discovered that a new mindset was needed to accompany the new technology.

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Laser cutting on the level

April 3, 2014


A laser cutting machine doesn’t care how hard or soft a metal is, but the material’s flatness matters immensely. That’s why so many service centers are investing in leveling processes that aim to equalize stresses, ensuring sheet metal stays flat after being cut.

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MC Machinery Systems launches new website

April 2, 2014

MC Machinery Systems Inc., Wood Dale, Ill., has launched a new website at, designed for mobile device accessibility and increased functionality. In addition to tech videos and machine specifications, the site offers news updates, technical articles, case histories, guest...

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ALAW - Advanced Laser Applications Workshop 2014

June 2 - 4 , 2014
  • The Inn at St. John’s
  • Plymouth, Michigan
  • Mark your calendar for June 2-4, 2014 as ALAW returns this spring for its 21st annual event in Michigan. Join FMA and the Conference Co-Chairs, Robert Ruokolainen, Chrysler and Stan Ream, EWI, at the Inn at St. John’s in Plymouth for a world-class industry event encompassing state-of-the-art laser processes for manufacturers, job shops, and suppliers.

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    Rofin revises website

    March 26, 2014

    Rofin-Sinar Laser GmbH, a manufacturer of industrial lasers and laser-based products, has redesigned its website at The design has been updated and main navigation reorganized. The preview navigation with subitems enables visitors to navigate directly to the favored page. The...

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    Hypertherm plans two-day training workshops on advanced cutting topics

    March 26, 2014

    Hypertherm, a Hanover, N.H.-based manufacturer of plasma, laser, and waterjet cutting systems, has announced plans to host two days of live training at Conestoga College in Cambridge, Ont., April 30 and May 1. The workshops will show people how to improve their system performance, material usage,...

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    The odd industrial barometer of capacity utilization

    March 17, 2014


    Today the Federal Reserve released its capacity utilization stats for February. The number stands at 76.4 percent—up a few tenths from February 2013, way up from a low of 64.0 in 2009, but not quite as high as experienced during the best years of the 1990s, when utilization hovered in the... Continue Reading

    Using High-Speed Laser-Cutting Tube Processes to Meet Growing Production Demands

    Date: Tuesday, May 6, 2014 1:00 PM (CST)

    Sponsored by Mazak Optonics Corp.

    Length: 60:00

    There is a growing need for high-speed and high-precision tube laser-cutting in a wide array of industries. From home décor to transportation to medical equipment, manufacturers are being pressured to increase efficiency and productivity while decreasing costs. In this webinar, we will explore solutions to meet increasing tube and pipe productivity requirements, including the impact of new approaches to bundle loading and the combination of state-of-the-art drives and controls.

    New 250-W laser source cuts mild steel up to 0.125 in.

    March 10, 2014

    Kern Laser Systems has announced the availability of a 250-W laser source for its laser systems. The new laser can cut up to 0.125-in. mild steel and 0.040-in. stainless steel. The laser joins the company’s other options: 150 and 400...

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