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 machine features increased table size, automation options

June 25, 2013

The BySprint Pro 4020 high-speed laser from Bystronic features a 6.5- by 13-ft. table. This represents an increase of nearly 78 percent in available working area compared to the 3015 model. The optional automatic nozzle changer provides up to 40 nozzles; CNC automatic nozzle centering is standard....

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Laser cutting system available in 6- by 12-ft. format -

Laser cutting system available in 6- by 12-ft. format

June 20, 2013

Mazak Optonics Corp. offers the Optiplex CO2 laser cutting system in a new 6- by 12-ft. format. It incorporates the features of the original system, but with an expanded workspace for larger jobs. The Optiplex 4020 processes materials from thin-gauge steel to 1-in.-thick mild steel, with a...

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Fiber laser performs marking, engraving, ablation -

Fiber laser performs marking, engraving, ablation

June 19, 2013

TRUMPF® offers the TruMark 5070 marking fiber laser, featuring increased average output power and a high repetition rate. Its high pulse frequency makes the laser suitable for deep engraving on metal or ceramics, ablation, and high-speed laser marking of metals and plastics. Features...

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Sterling Fabrication Technology opens Dallas showroom

June 17, 2013

Sterling Fabrication Technology has opened a 5,000-sq.-ft. showroom in Dallas featuring laser, plasma, and waterjet cutting machines, as well as press brakes and finishing equipment from TRUMPF®, Hypertherm, Haeusler, Lissmac, and Virtek. Personalized virtual demonstrations are available via the...

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Advanced laser resonator, control package added to laser cutting systems -

Advanced laser resonator, control package added to laser cutting systems

June 17, 2013

LVD Co. nv has added a new resonator and control package to select models of its CO2 laser cutting systems. According to the company, the fully integrated FANUC 31i-L CNC and i-C series resonator package reduces laser start-up time as much as 50 percent, provides increased flexibility for part...

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LIA introduces laser education portal

June 10, 2013

The Laser Institute of America (LIA), a professional society for laser applications and safety, has launched Laser U, a site for online laser training. At, laser professionals of all levels of experience can access presentations from LIA's conferences and workshops....

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Amada opens Shanghai facility -

Amada opens Shanghai facility

June 4, 2013

Amada Co. Ltd., Kanagawa, Japan, has opened a facility in Shanghai, China, which will serve as the hub for its China busisness. In addition to administrative buildings, the facility houses a technical center (to open in July), a school for technical training, and a parts center. With a staff of...

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Punch/laser combination processes complex parts without scratching

June 4, 2013

Amada's new ACIES series punch/laser combination machine provides scratch-free processing of complex sheet metal parts. Featuring advanced automation and tool change options, the machine delivers fast hit rates, stable processing, versatile forming, and unlimited shape cutting flexibility, the...

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Fiber laser offers 140 W of output power

May 30, 2013

JDSU has introduced the ST series fiber-coupled diode pump laser. Powered by the company’s next-generation diode laser chip, it offers 140 W of output power through a 106.5-µm fiber. The ultracompact unit is a highly integrated device that reduces the number of components needed to produce a...

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Power meter measures very high-power lasers directly

May 23, 2013

Ophir Photonics has introduced the 30 K-W Laser Power Meter. It allows direct measurement of YAG and fiber lasers from 800 to 2,000 nm and CO2 lasers at 10.6 microns. The 2.91-in.-wide aperture handles large-diameter beams. Using thermopile technology, the device measures actual heat flow through...

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Oil-free liquid prevents slag buildup -

Oil-free liquid prevents slag buildup

May 22, 2013

Tower Oil & Technology Co. offers Kleneslat-RP. The synthetic, oil-free, nonflammable, nontoxic liquid prevents hot slag and splatter from sticking to support slats and workpieces during laser, plasma, or flame cutting operations. When sprayed or painted lightly onto laser slats and areas...

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Prima Power Laserdyne posts video presentation on fiber laser drilling -

Prima Power Laserdyne posts video presentation on fiber laser drilling

May 21, 2013

Prima Power Laserdyne, Champlin, Minn., has posted online a 45-min. presentation on the use of fiber lasers for hole drilling. It summarizes fiber laser drilling development and experiments conducted over the past two years by the company. The presentation details the results of tests when...

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ESAB launches CNC cutting blog

May 19, 2013

ESAB Welding & Cutting Products, Florence, S.C., has launched a blog for the CNC cutting community at ESAB Edge, The CNC Cutting Blog features a variety of posts on CNC cutting systems; plasma, oxyfuel, waterjet, and laser cutting processes; and related topics. Visitors...

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Kammetal fabricates One World Trade Center spire with TRUMPF laser -

Kammetal fabricates One World Trade Center spire with TRUMPF laser

May 19, 2013

On May 10, 2013, the spire for One World Trade Center was permanently installed in New York City. The 40-ft. top of the spire was fabricated by Kammetal- Kusack Architectural Metal Inc., an architectural and ornamental metal fabricator based in Brooklyn, N.Y. The spire's glass and stainless...

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Keeping the Pace in Sheet Metal Fabrication

Date: May 16, 2013

Sponsored by Bystronic Inc.

Length: 60:00

Sheet metal fabrication has had a recent renaissance with the introduction of Fiber lasers, dramatically increasing laser cut speeds and part throughput. While the benefits of increased throughput are apparent, careful considerations must be made to downstream processes to take full advantage of the productivity gains.