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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Laser cutting system processes tubes, pipes at high speeds -

Laser cutting system processes tubes, pipes at high speeds

October 17, 2013

Mazak Optonics Corp. has released a new Tube Gear 2-D laser cutting machine for tubes and pipes. It offers high-speed capabilities for thin-walled applications. Available with a 2.5- or 4-kW resonator, the machine can process round and rectangular tube and pipe with diameters up to 6 in. With...

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Laser cuts steels, aluminum in varying thicknesses -

Laser cuts steels, aluminum in varying thicknesses

October 16, 2013

The Convergent CV4000 CO2 laser from Prima Electro delivers high-speed cutting of thin and thick metals and nonmetals. It cuts mild steel up to 0.87 in. thick, stainless steel up to 0.47 in. thick, and aluminum up to 0.39 in. thick (using a 10-in. focal length lens). The laser's cut width is...

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LIA's Laser U releases new applications, safety course modules for continuing education

October 9, 2013

The Laser Institute of America (LIA), Orlando, Fla., has added a dozen modules to Laser U, its online laser education portal. Seven of the new courses come from the institute's Laser Additive Manufacturing (LAM®) Workshop, while five more are from the biennial International Laser Safety Conference...

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Miyachi Unitek changes name to Miyachi America

October 7, 2013

Miyachi Unitek Corp., Monrovia, Calif., a manufacturer of welding equipment and laser processing systems, has changed its name to Miyachi America Corp. The name change aligns Miyachi Unitek with other Miyachi Corp. companies worldwide. The company will continue to use the Miyachi Unitek brand name....

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Laserflex to expand South Carolina facility

October 3, 2013

Laserflex Inc., a metal fabrication company based in Columbus, Ohio, has announced plans to relocate its business in Duncan, S.C., to a new facility in Wellford, S.C. The move will include a $4 million expansion and the addition of 23,000 sq. ft. to house machining, painting, and laser tube cutting...

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Laser cutting system serves entry-level needs

October 3, 2013

Balliu MTC nv offers the RP, a cost-effective laser cutting machine for companies that switch from outsourcing to in-house production of laser-cut parts. The machine is designed for accuracy and flexibility more than high-volume production, the company reports. The standard machine has a fixed...

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High-speed laser controls help streamline system integration -

High-speed laser controls help streamline system integration

October 2, 2013

FANUC America Corp.'s CNC series 30i/31i-L model B high-speed laser controls employ Ethernet and Ethernet/IP™ field bus options and newly supported NCGuide simulation software. Integration of the controls and robots with cell controllers allows fabricators to manage operations across...

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YAG, fiber laser monitoring system requires no contact with beam -

YAG, fiber laser monitoring system requires no contact with beam

September 30, 2013

Ophir Photonics has introduced BeamWatch™, a noncontact focus-spot size and position monitor for high-power YAG and fiber lasers. Without contacting the laser beam, the system takes measurements every 60 ms, providing instant readings of focus-spot size and beam position, as well as...

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Fiber laser cutting system achieves 75 percent light conversion efficiency

September 26, 2013

Amada offers the FLCAJ series of fiber laser cutting systems. They employ the manufacturer's AJ2000 and AJ4000 oscillators (fiber engines), which require one-quarter the amount of energy consumed by a typical CO2 oscillator. They also require no laser gas, mirrors, or moving parts. The fiber laser...

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Patriot Automation CNC names Cony & Associates as distributor

September 26, 2013

Patriot Automation CNC Inc., Daphne, Ala., has authorized Cony & Associates of Waukesha, Wis., to promote and sell its full line of products in the upper Midwest. Patriot Automation offers XY-axis cutting tables; plasma marking, welding, and cutting systems; robotic and fixed GMAW systems;...

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High-energy picosecond pulses enable machining of thick materials -

High-energy picosecond pulses enable machining of thick materials

September 20, 2013

Coherent Inc. has expanded the Talisker HE series of ultrafast industrial lasers. Its high-energy pulses enable drilling, cutting, and scribing of thick materials. It is available with a choice of output options: 200-µJ pulse energy in the near-IR (1,064 nm), 120-µJ per pulse in the...

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TRUMPF to host Manufacturing Day tour

September 18, 2013

In celebration of national Manufacturing Day, Oct. 4, 2013, TRUMPF® Inc. will give visitors a firsthand view of manufacturing at its headquarters in Farmington, Conn. The company will provide a guided tour to highlight the process behind the production of its fabricating machinery, with a focus on...

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Nesting software updated for scribing, laser cutting

September 13, 2013

A new software update to Hypertherm's ProNest® CAD/CAM software is available for download at no charge to customers with a current ProNest subscription. Improvements to the software’s scribe text function allow users to add varied information to parts, such as heat number or customer ID. Users...

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Laser Institute of America releases new laser safety standard

September 11, 2013

The Laser Institute of America, Orlando, Fla., has unveiled the ANSI Z136.9 Safe Use of Lasers in Manufacturing Environments standard. The latest in the line of laser safety guidelines stemming from the parent ANSI Z136.1, the standard provides guidance for the safe use of lasers and laser systems...

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Solid-state laser retrospective: A decade of high brightness -

Solid-state laser retrospective: A decade of high brightness

September 5, 2013


Because of inherent advantages, high-powered solid-state fiber and disk lasers now account for 20 to 25 percent of the industrial laser market. The laser’s exceptional beam quality, however, has presented some challenges in materials processing. Fortunately, proper head design can help deliver successful production results.

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