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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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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Life with a fiber laser

April 7, 2014

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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

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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 www.mcmachinery.com, 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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Rofin revises website

March 26, 2014

Rofin-Sinar Laser GmbH, a manufacturer of industrial lasers and laser-based products, has redesigned its website at www.rofin.com. 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

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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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Pulsed CO2 lasers feature a rise/fall time of 50 μs or less

March 6, 2014

Kern Technologies LLC has introduced the LightWave line of CO2 lasers. The sealed, compact lasers are available in powers of 100, 150, and 200 W. The pulsed lasers feature a rise/fall time of 50 μs or less. A circular polarizer, collimator, and red-beam are integrated into the design,...

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Rofin acquires FiLaser's assets

March 3, 2014

Rofin-Sinar Technologies Inc., Plymouth, Mich., a manufacturer of laser sources and laser-based systems, has acquired the assets of FiLaser USA LLC, Portland, Ore., and its subsidiaries. FiLaser develops advanced laser process technology used for precision cutting and drilling of brittle...

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Fiber laser cutting machines achieve up to 328-FPM cutting speed

February 25, 2014

MSS Lasers has launched a new line of fiber laser cutting machines in the U.K. The Eagle eVision and iNspire fiber laser machines offer linear drives on all three axes and a low-inertia carbon fiber transverse bridge construction. This enables the machines to accelerate at up to 6G and achieve...

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CNC operator panel made for advanced machine tool applications

February 20, 2014

Siemens OP 019 is a new CNC operator panel that enables seamless design integration to the Sinumerik Operate GUI and Sinumerik 840D sl CNC for use on high-end milling, turning, grinding, and laser cutting machine tools. Using touchscreen operation and including the new PCU 50.5 power control...

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Pipe cutting attachment designed for laser system

February 20, 2014

Kern Laser Systems has introduced a new pipe cutting option for its Micro and HSE laser systems. The rotary attachment implements a small, lathe-type chuck and brushless servomotor, resulting in smooth, accurate cutting, the company says. The machine can handle pipes up to 62 in. long and 6 in....

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Tool aids alignment of multimode fibers used with lasers

February 17, 2014

FiberTool™ from Laser Mechanisms Inc. is a patent-pending device that aids in the alignment of standard multimode fibers used with Nd:YAG, fiber, and disk lasers. It produces a real-time output signal to the user that is a gauge of the alignment quality of the laser energy into the fiber...

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