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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2012 industrial laser systems market trends sideways

March 28, 2013

The global market for laser systems for materials processing accounted for $10.2 billion in 2012, up by a marginal 1 percent versus the previous year, according to Optech Consulting, Taegerwilen, Switzerland. Market growth varied strongly by geographic region. The North American market grew...

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Fiber laser system designed for small-tube processing - TheFabricator.com

Fiber laser system designed for small-tube processing

March 19, 2013

BLM Group has introduced the Lasertube LT5, an entry-level, automated laser tube cutter designed to handle small and medium-sized tubes. Equipped with a 1-kW IPG fiber laser, the unit can process mild steel, as well as highly reflective materials such as aluminum, copper, and brass. The machine...

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TRUMPF names new sales representative

March 19, 2013

TRUMPF Inc., Farmington, Conn., has named Materials Integrity Testing Inc. (MIT) as a sales representative for its fabricating machinery in the Caribbean. This territory includes Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Haiti, British Virgin Islands, U.S. Virgin Islands, and Jamaica.Shane Simpson is the...

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IPG Photonics acquires Mobius Photonics

March 19, 2013

IPG Photonics Corp., Oxford, Mass., a provider of high-power fiber lasers and amplifiers, has acquired privately held Mobius Photonics, Mountain View, Calif., to help accelerate its entry into the UV laser market and deepen IPG's development team. Mobius provides high-power, pulsed UV fiber lasers...

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TRUMPF expands laser development facility in Germany - TheFabricator.com

TRUMPF expands laser development facility in Germany

March 14, 2013

TRUMPF Laser GmbH + Co. KG has expanded its primary solid-state laser development facility with a new building in Schramberg-Sulgen, Germany. The building provides 6,200 sq. m of floor space, housing office space and laboratories. All the development sections now are consolidated under one...

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Strong metal, light cutting - TheFabricator.com

Strong metal, light cutting

March 7, 2013

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Hot forming entails heating and rapidly cooling the workpiece. However, the extraordinarily high-strength material emerging from the press makes cutting and trimming with hard dies impractical, even infeasible. This is where the multiaxis laser finds its niche.

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Hypertherm opens new facility that will create up to 500 new jobs - TheFabricator.com

Hypertherm opens new facility that will create up to 500 new jobs

March 5, 2013

Hypertherm, a U.S. based manufacturer of advanced cutting systems, celebrated the grand opening of a new 160,000 square foot manufacturing facility in Lebanon, New Hampshire, on March 4. The additional manufacturing space is expected to facilitate the creation of up to 500 new jobs for New...

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Conducting the laser - TheFabricator.com

Conducting the laser

March 1, 2013

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Elizabeth Kautzmann, chairman of FMA’s Industrial Laser Council, keeps one eye on laser technology and another eye on a part’s overall processing time.

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CO2 laser cutting system equipped with high-speed linear motors, dual pallets

February 28, 2013

Cincinnati Incorporated offers the new CL-400 CO2 laser cutting system. The machine uses the company's water-cooled, high-speed linear motor drives and HMI touchscreen control and nesting software. Dual 5- by 10-ft. pallets and an optional modular material handling system reduce beam-off time and...

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Laser cutting system determines cutting speed, acceleration automatically - TheFabricator.com

Laser cutting system determines cutting speed, acceleration automatically

February 27, 2013

Mazak Optonics offers the Super Turbo-X Champion laser cutting system available with a 2.5-kW, Type 10 resonator with Eco mode. Built on the company's hybrid platform, the system features a 1,786-lb. workpiece capacity for sheets up to 0.87 in. thick. The Mazatrol Preview function determines...

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TRUMPF's Laser Technology Center names managers - TheFabricator.com

TRUMPF's Laser Technology Center names managers

February 20, 2013

TRUMPF Inc.'s Laser Technology Center in Plymouth, Mich., has named Rick Davis as key account manager and promoted Dan Willson to technical service manager for lasers and lasers systems in North America. Davis has an extensive sales and management background in the field of laser technology,...

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Amada to acquire Miyachi

February 18, 2013

As Amada Machine Tools Co. Ltd., Kanagawa, Japan, has announced plans to acquire 100 percent ownership of Miyachi Corp., Tokyo, by making a takeover bid, which has been approved by the Miyachi board of directors. Amada plans to make Miyachi its consolidated subsidiary at the end of March and to...

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The many hats of the laser operator - TheFabricator.com

The many hats of the laser operator

February 15, 2013

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The modern laser cutting machine operator must wear several hats: one for in-process quality assurance, another for recordkeeping, one for preventive maintenance, and one more for troubleshooting.

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TRUMPF names North American sales manager - TheFabricator.com

TRUMPF names North American sales manager

February 14, 2013

The TRUMPF Inc. Laser Technology Center in Plymouth, Mich., has appointed Pat Grace as North American sales manager, lasers and systems. He has almost 10 years of laser sales experience at the company, most recently serving as regional sales manager. In his new position, Grace manages and...

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Kilowatt-class fiber lasers offer improved wall plug efficiency

February 13, 2013

IPG Photonics Corp. has introduced a line of kilowatt-class, low-mode ytterbium fiber lasers. The 1,060-nm YLS-xxx-Y13 series offers up to 33 percent wall plug efficiency, up to two times average improvement in beam quality, and more than three years' estimated mean time of uninterrupted laser...

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