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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Prima Power Laserdyne announces long-term supply agreement

October 15, 2012

Prima Power Laserdyne, Champlin, Minn., has announced a long-term, multisystem supply agreement with Dynamic Precision Group – Turbo Combustor Technology (TCT) of Stuart, Fla. The agreement is for the supply of new LASERDYNE® 795XL laser systems, remanufacture of existing LASERDYNE 890 systems,...

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Optiplex laser cutting machine

The laser as a lean manufacturing tool

October 8, 2012


How many fabricating shops run a less-than-optimized cutting head just to avoid the downtime of switching out the head? S&B Metal Products, Lakeland, Fla., used to do like that until it got a laser cutting machine that was a better fit for its low-volume, high-mix fabricating jobs.

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Cincinnati Incorporated appoints regional sales engineer

October 1, 2012

Cincinnati Incorporated, Cincinnati, has named Darren Bobbitt as regional sales engineer for Arkansas and Oklahoma. Bobbitt, a 10-year veteran of manufacturing, holds a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. Cincinnati Incorporated provides...

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Metal Spinners adds fiber laser system for aerospace component fabrication

September 27, 2012

Metal Spinners Inc., a Malden, Mass., job shop offering multiaxis laser cutting and engineering services for turbine engine components, has acquired a turnkey Laserdyne 795XL system with a third-generation BeamDirector and an IPG fiber laser. The company offers fabricating, machining, and...

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Laser cutting system enables 3-D cut paths

September 24, 2012

Miyachi Unitek Corp. offers the Sigma five-axis fiber laser cutting system, a technology that enables 3-D cut paths. The system features high-speed, high-precision, position-based firing laser power control which accommodates multilinear and rotary axis motion to control the laser pulse...

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CONCOA celebrates 25 years in business

September 24, 2012

CONCOA, Virginia Beach, Va., marked 25 years in business with a luncheon, open house, and guided tours of its 200,000-sq.-ft. manufacturing and administrative facilities. The event was attended by more than 250 people including employees, families, friends, and guests, as well as city and state...

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4,000-W fiber laser designed for cutting

September 20, 2012

Amada offers the FOL3015AJ fiber laser, which the company says is the first 4,000-W production fiber laser designed specifically for cutting. A 2,000-W model also is available. According to the manufacturer, the 5- by 10-ft. machine cuts thin material two to three times faster than a comparable...

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CO2 laser beam delivery optics deliver reflectivities up to 99 percent

September 17, 2012

Laser Research Optics offers CO2 beam-steering optics for use with 25- to 200-W marking, engraving, and scribing lasers. The line includes beam combiners, beam splitters, ZnSe output couplers and front mirrors, silicon and molybdenum turning mirrors, silicon and copper phase-retardation...

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Fiber-laser cutting system delivers 4,724-IPM traverse speed

September 6, 2012

Mazak Optonics offers the Optiplex 3015 fiber for thin worksheet cutting. The laser processes reflective materials such as copper, brass, aluminum, and exotic aerospace materials, as well as carbon steel. The machine features a traverse speed of 4,724 IPM. Its Mazak Preview 2 CNC, with a 3-D...

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Antispatter coating protects welding equipment

September 5, 2012

Henkel Corp. has introduced Loctite® SF7900™ Ceramic Shield for Welding, a silicone-free, sprayable protective coating that prevents spatter adhesion on manual and automatic GMAW equipment for up to eight hours with one application. The coating shields contact tips, welding nozzles,...

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Fiber laser system increases thin-sheet processing speeds

September 5, 2012

LVD has introduced the Electra FL high-speed fiber laser system. Powered by a solid-state, doped-fiber laser source, the system processes traditional sheet metal materials such as mild steel, stainless steel, and aluminum, as well as copper and brass. The laser light's increased absorption into...

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Laser processing head engineered for 3-D robotic cutting

August 30, 2012

Laser Mechanisms has introduced the new FiberCut right-angle, compact (RAc) laser processing head. It is nearly 30 percent smaller and lighter than the original FiberCut. Engineered for 3-D robotic cutting with a fiber-coupled laser, the compact, low-moving-mass head minimizes inertia transfer to...

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GSI Group Laser Division gets new name

August 28, 2012

The GSI Group Laser Division, a manufacturer of CO2, Nd:YAG, and fiber lasers for industrial applications, has rebranded as JK Lasers. Established in 1972, the company began as a manufacturer of pulsed lasers, followed by Nd:YAG systems for welding, cutting, and drilling. In 1982 the company was...

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Bystronic names direct sales engineer

August 28, 2012

Matthew Meade has joined Bystronic Inc., Elgin, Ill., as direct sales engineer for the Kansas-Missouri territory. Meade has 20 years of metal fabrication experience, having served in engineering, plant, and upper-level management roles for OEM and job shop manufacturing companies. He has a...

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Laser cutting system reaches nearly 460 FPM

August 16, 2012

Haco Atlantic USA, in collaboration with Cutlite Penta, has introduced the Laser Plus precision laser cutting system, available with CO2 and fiber lasers ((2,000 to 6,000 W). Fast-piercing and auto-focusing technology, along with linear motors, allow speeds up to 459.3 FPM. The fully automatic...

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