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, click here. Fabricators can e-mail the company up to three DXF files. The company then will conduct an...

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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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Life with a fiber laser

April 7, 2014 | By Dan Davis

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 | By Tim Heston

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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The odd industrial barometer of capacity utilization

March 17, 2014 | By Tim Heston

Industrial capacity utilization soured in the booming 1990s. Today average utilization is lower, and yet the overall value of manufacturing output continues to climb. Over the long term, is capacity utilization really an accurate barometer for demand? If a fabricator's capacity utilization drops, is the shop struggling, or has it gotten more efficient?

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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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