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

June 16, 2014

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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

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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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Automating Success: Weisgram Metal Fab and the automation river system from Mitsubishi Laser

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Weisgram Metal Fab replaces multiple stand alone lasers with the automation river system from Mitsubishi Laser. Weisgrams’ River system includes 8 lasers with 322 shelves that can hold two million pounds of raw material. It is the second largest Mitsubishi automation system in North America and the company plans to continue to add more capacity.

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

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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

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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

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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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New laser added to CNC cutting machine

May 12, 2014

MultiCam has added Synrad’s new Firestar i401 laser to its 2000 series CNC machines. The laser produces a 400-W beam from a single tube. It features four field-replaceable, integrated radio frequency modules. According to the company, the new design is up to 23 percent more energy-efficient...

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Hypertherm launches cutting blog

May 1, 2014

Hypertherm, a Hanover, N.H.-based manufacturer of plasma, laser, and waterjet cutting systems, has launched SPARK, a new blog designed to share best practices, answer questions, and help people overcome their cutting challenges. Content of the blog, available at www.hyperthermspark.com, is based on...

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Laser system available with up to 10-kW QCW fiber laser

April 28, 2014

Prima Power Laserdyne has announced the availability of the Laserdyne 430 series of precision laser systems with up to 20-kW quasi-continuous wave (QCW) fiber lasers for cutting, welding, and drilling of 2-D and 3-D components. Equipped with the third-generation BeamDirector®, the system...

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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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