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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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.

Cincinnati Incorporated redesigns website

May 16, 2013

Cincinnati Incorporated, Cincinnati, has launched a new website at highlighting its products and services, including equipment, software, material handling, and controls. Visitors can access a press brake load calculator; see videos on laser cutting and fabrication equipment demos;...

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Laser cutting machines deliver complex, repetitive cuts -

Laser cutting machines deliver complex, repetitive cuts

May 14, 2013

Kern Lasers offers large-format laser cutting and engraving equipment. The laser cutting machines deliver complex cuts, repetitive cuts, and prototype parts from mild steel, stainless steel, and aluminum. Users can nest or group parts in CAD software and then cut full sheet stock. Metal cutting...

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Multimode fiber lasers feature plug-and-play capability

May 8, 2013

SPI Lasers, a wholly owned subsidiary of the TRUMPF Group, has introduced a line of high-power, multikilowatt fiber lasers for the industrial macro materials processing market. The products extend the redPower CW fiber lasers from 1 kW to 3 kW. The K1 1000 is available as a high-beam-quality,...

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Focusing on downtime reduction in laser cutting -

Focusing on downtime reduction in laser cutting

April 30, 2013


If a laser cutting machine is not cutting, it has no chance of making money for the shop. Downtime related to maintenance is understandable. Downtime related to the slow process of attending to laser optics is frustrating. Automation, however, can help keep that laser cutting machine running, even when it's cutting different material thicknesses.

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Innovative Tool purchases 5-axis laser

April 25, 2013

Innovative Tool, Fraser, Mich., has installed its first 5-axis laser cutting center. The company provides manufacturing services and products for the prototype and short-run production industries....

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Large-volume multiaxis laser system guarantees volumetric accuracy -

Large-volume multiaxis laser system guarantees volumetric accuracy

April 24, 2013

Prima Power Laserdyne has introduced the Laserdyne 795 XLZ. The system has a 72-in. extended Z axis, 80-in. X axis, 40-in.Y axis, and the latest BeamDirector3 (BD3) rotary-tilt laser beam positioning head. The laser is designed to drill, cut, and weld medium- to large-volume 3-D parts with a...

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Dual-beam design gives gantry cutting machine strength, narrow footprint

April 23, 2013

Messer Cutting Systems has introduced the TMC4500 DB heavy-duty gantry cutting machine. Its dual box-beam construction is supported by 10-ft. end trucks for stability and to support the company's largest cutting tools for precision beveling and straight plasma cutting, laser cutting, oxyfuel...

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