Laser Cutting Articles

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.

Filter Content

Adding to the arsenal of metal cutting technologies

June 2, 2015

By:

Despite having low- and high-powered laser cutting machines and two waterjets, a fabrication shop recognized that it might have a need for more laser cutting capacity. To fill that gap, Advanced Laser & Waterjet Cutting installed a 1-kW CO2 laser cutting machine.

Continue Reading

Reaping rewards with precision laser cutting

April 8, 2015

By:

In 1973 full-time farmer Mike Van Mill tried his hand at building a grain wagon for a neighboring farmer, and he has been at it full-time since incorporating Brent Industries a few years later. Now the operations manager for Unverferth Mfg., Shell Rock, Iowa, Van Mill is part of a team that manufactures implements under the Brent brand name. The staff runs the facility like a savvy farmer runs a farm, always looking for a better way but proceeding cautiously. A sheet laser purchased in the early 2000s led to a tube laser purchased in 2014.

Continue Reading

4 ways to a better laser-cut edge

April 2, 2015

By:

Edge quality in laser cutting has improved significantly over the decades, and many of those improvements come from four areas: better materials, nozzles, process control, and beam quality.

Continue Reading

Holy fabrication work!

February 10, 2015

By:

Design Fugitives of Milwaukee tackled a project for a church that required as much creative muscle as it did fabricating power to bring the ideas to life.

Continue Reading

Managing maintenance for laser cutting machines

January 15, 2015

By:

Unscheduled downtime is an incredible headache for a busy fabricating operation. An adherence to a smart maintenance schedule and empowering a maintenance team can eliminate these production surprises.

Continue Reading

Pushing the solid-state laser speed limit

January 9, 2015

Solid-state lasers theoretically could cut through thin sheet at up to 1,000 meters per minute, though no machine in the world can drive a laser at that speed. But new approaches to laser cutting are bringing laser cutting speeds closer to the theoretical maximum.

Continue Reading

Plasma cutting or laser cutting? How about both?

October 22, 2014

By:

Not all parts need the tight-tolernace edge that laser cutting provides; now a fabricator canhave the fine touch of laser cutting and the poweful force of plasma cutting for thicker materials in one machine.

Continue Reading

Keeping sheets and parts moving with automation

July 29, 2014

By:

Modern laser cutting technology can achieve speeds of more than 400 inches per minute, and that puts pressure on the automation used to load sheets and unload cut parts and skeletons. If the automated material handling system can’t keep up, the fabricator won’t be able to maximize uptime on the laser cutting machine.

Continue Reading

Fiber laser lights the way for new business direction

July 29, 2014

By:

To bring in more high-volume work, Deltec Inc., Batavia, Ohio, needed to expand its laser cutting capacity. New fiber laser cutting technology proved to be the right fit.

Continue Reading

Cutting clean with 1-micron laser optics

June 30, 2014

By:

The high-brightness 1-micron cutting laser is redefining productivity in metal fabrication. The laser’s good absorption helps it cut faster with less power. It also means that keeping optics clean and dust-free is essential.

Continue Reading

Cooking up fabrication with the fiber laser

June 23, 2014

By:

Atlanta Custom Fabrication focuses on the commercial kitchen industry, mainly cutting thin stainless. Its laser cutting wasn't a constraint process, but it needed excess cutting capacity to deal with demand variability. A new fiber laser has helped to resolve the problem.

Continue Reading

FAB 40: Cupples J&J Co. builds and builds capacity

June 16, 2014

By:

Cupples J & J Co. Inc. has continued to invest in technology to meet existing customer demand.

Continue Reading

The ripple effect of high-speed laser cutting

June 2, 2014

By:

With solid-state laser technology upping throughput in fabricating shops, managing flow from cutting to bending to downstream processes has never been more important. A panel discussion at The FABRICATOR’s Leadership Summit provides some insight into the right combination of modern machine tools and software that can help fabricators stay on top of this production challenge.

Continue Reading

Quick response, Texas-style

May 14, 2014

By:

Sonny Pierce, who founded PI-CO Fabrication in 1982, had experience in starkly different fields—like bowling and bathtubs—that lacked one luxury contract fabrication thrives on: customer diversification.

Continue Reading

Life with a fiber laser

April 7, 2014

By:

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.

Continue Reading