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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Automatic slag removal table eliminates production interruptions

July 8, 2014

Koike Aronson Inc./Ransome has introduced the Klean Sweep automatic slag removal table. The self-cleaning cutting table removes slag and scrap automatically during cutting operations to help eliminate production interruptions and reduce labor costs. It can be used with various laser, oxyfuel, and...

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Cutting clean with 1-micron laser optics

June 30, 2014 | By Tim Heston

The high-brightness 1-micron cutting laser is redefining productivity in metal fabrication. The laser’s good absorption helps it cut faster with less power. It also means that keeping optics clean and dust-free is essential.

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Cooking up fabrication with the fiber laser

June 23, 2014 | By Tim Heston

Atlanta Custom Fabrication focuses on the commercial kitchen industry, mainly cutting thin stainless. Its laser cutting wasn't a constraint process, but it needed excess cutting capacity to deal with demand variability. A new fiber laser has helped to resolve the problem.

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Prima Power names regional sales manager

June 18, 2014

Prima Power Laserdyne LLC, a manufacturer of industrial laser systems, has appointed Rick Weisbarth as a regional sales manager in North America. His appointment is in response to the company’s expansion of its laser system business and continuing focus on turbine engine manufacturing....

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Long-pulse fiber laser suitable for production of microcontours with single pulses

June 17, 2014

Rofin offers the new long-pulse fiber laser LFS 300 for high-precision micro material processing. It features an average power of 300 W and 30-J pulse energy. The system generates pulses with up to 50-ms length, making it suitable for the production of microcontours with single pulses, such as...

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FAB 40: Cupples J&J Co. builds and builds capacity

June 16, 2014 | By Tim Heston

Cupples J & J Co. Inc. has continued to invest in technology to meet existing customer demand.

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Remote laser beam cutting: Blink once and you miss it

June 9, 2014 | By Tim Heston

Two laser cutting technologies—one using additional axes of motion in the cutting head, and the other using scanning optics and no nozzle at all—shows the awesome potential of the solid-state laser in the cutting arena.

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LaserCoil Technologies announces emergency blanking capability

June 6, 2014

LaserCoil Technologies LLC, Perrysburg, Ohio, has announced its ability to handle emergency blanking orders for companies facing production challenges. As the LaserCoil system eliminates dependence on traditional press dies, setup for new components requires only software programming, and the...

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Laser system available with up to 20-kW QCW fiber laser

June 4, 2014

Prima Power Laserdyne offers the 430 laser system for cutting, welding, and drilling of 2-D and 3-D component parts. Available with up to 20-kW QCW fiber lasers, it offers a suite of standard options and multiple configurations from 3 to 6 axes for processing parts in various market segments...

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The ripple effect of high-speed laser cutting

June 2, 2014 | By Tim Heston

With solid-state laser technology upping throughput in fabricating shops, managing flow from cutting to bending to downstream processes has never been more important. A panel discussion at The FABRICATOR’s Leadership Summit provides some insight into the right combination of modern machine tools and software that can help fabricators stay on top of this production challenge.

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Nanotech material splitting technology developed

May 20, 2014

Fonon Technologies Intl. has developed an industrial process known as Zero Width Laser Cutting Technology™ (ZWLCT™). The technique uses a laser-controlled Power Density profile on the material surface to generate subsurface forces greater than intermolecular connections. The methodology uses...

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Bystronic announces Ultimate Challenge Event

May 19, 2014

Bystronic Inc. will pair its ByAutonom 3015 6-kW CO2 laser cutting machine and its BySprint Fiber 3015 high-power fiber laser cutting machine in the Ultimate Challenge Event, June 4-5, 2014, at its North American headquarters in Elgin, Ill. Attendees to the event can send in their 14-ga. and...

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Quick response, Texas-style

May 14, 2014 | By Tim Heston

Sonny Pierce, who founded PI-CO Fabrication in 1982, had experience in starkly different fields—like bowling and bathtubs—that lacked one luxury contract fabrication thrives on: customer diversification.

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Cutting with a beam of sound

May 13, 2014 | By Tim Heston

Today cutting with a laser—a beam of light—has become a mainstay in metal fabrication. But could shops one day cut not with light, but with sound?

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High-powered lasers available

May 13, 2014

Prima Electro North America LLC offers Convergent high-power CO2 and high-peak-power pulsed Nd:YAG lasers for laser cutting, welding, and drilling of metallic and nonmetallic materials. CO2 lasers are available in outputs from 2,500 to 5,000 W with excellent beam mode, the company reports. The...

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