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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Multiaxis laser system features two independent workstations

July 25, 2016

Prima Power Laserdyne has introduced the new dual-workstation Laserdyne 606D multiaxis laser processing system. The system features two completely independent work stations in a single, unitized structure. The dual-workstation design helps maximize the work envelope and throughput per unit of...

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Multiaxis laser workcell quickly processes even highly reflective materials

July 22, 2016

IPG Photonics Corp.’s multiaxis laser workcell welds and cuts most metal components, enclosures, and fabrications. Configurable with high-efficiency CW lasers or high-peak-power QCW lasers, the workcell provides fast processing of even highly reflective materials, the company says. Available...

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LVD Strippit Lynx Fiber Laser Cutting Machine

July 20, 2016

By: LVD Strippit

The Lynx FL offers easy entry into fiber laser cutting. Cut ferrous and non-ferrous materials reliably with excellent cut quality and at three times the speed of a CO2 laser. Enjoy high uptime with a virtually maintenance-free laser source, high wall plug efficiency, and very low operating costs. All for a modest investment.

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Mazak Optonics partners with Fox Machinery Associates

July 19, 2016

Elgin, Ill.-based Mazak Optonics Corp. has partnered with Fox Machinery Associates as its distributor based in Bridgeport, Pa. Fox Machinery Associates serves manufacturers and job shops in Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia focusing on Mazak’s line of laser...

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Penn United adds laser cutting capabilities

July 13, 2016

Cabot, Pa.-based Penn United has added an Amada FLCAJ 3015 fiber laser to its capabilities. The laser system has a 2,000-W fiber engine, the capacity to hold 60-in. by 120-in. sheets, and cuts up to four times faster than conventional CO2 lasers, the company states. The system also features an...

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Coil-fed fabricating

July 11, 2016 | By Dan Davis

Most manufacturers associate coil processing with the metal forming industry. They also likely assume the punching and laser cutting combination machines consume sheet metal. Elleci S.p.A., a metal fabricator in northern Italy, has a new line in place that will require many manufacturers to alter their preconceived notions about coil consumption in a fabricating facility.

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Rofin expands fiber laser production capacities

July 7, 2016

Rofin has expanded its fiber laser production by adding an assembly line at its factory in Hamburg, Germany. The expansion allows the company to meet increasing demand for low-power fiber lasers. The new assembly line is designed specifically for the production of compact fiber lasers with one...

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A ticket of entry to laser cutting

July 5, 2016 | By Tim Heston

Alkras has introduced a laser small enough to fit on the gantry of a cutting table. It’s being marketed as a ticket of entry for those fab shops—especially small ones—that have not yet entered the laser cutting arena.

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MC Machinery Systems/Mitsubishi Laser holds groundbreaking ceremony

July 1, 2016

Machine tool manufacturer hopes to occupy new headquarters late in 2016.

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Hypertherm’s 2015 CSR report shows progress toward 2020 goals

June 30, 2016

Hypertherm, a Hanover, N.H.-based manufacturer of plasma, laser, and waterjet cutting systems, has issued its annual corporate social responsibility (CSR) report, measuring 2015 progress on the company’s social and environmental goals. The report, available at www.hypertherm.com/csr, shows...

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Cutting to the chase on gas delivery for CO2 lasers

June 29, 2016 | By John Karpus

A working knowledge of the ways in which purity, pressure, and flow affect how lasers use gases is key to setting up a gas delivery system that both works correctly and is cost-effective.

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3 questions to ask for better laser cutting

June 28, 2016 | By Tim Heston

Brent Donner, president of DLC Manufacturing and Fabrication, has spent almost a decade as a laser cutting consultant. Over that time he has noticed several fundamentals that many operators miss: properly cleaning and polishing the optics, centering the nozzle, and calibrating the beam focus.

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LIA names 2016 Schawlow Award winner

June 24, 2016

Laser Institute of America (LIA), Orlando, Fla., has announced that LIA Fellow, 2014 LIA President, and 2016 ICALEO® Nanomanufacturing Conference Chair Dr. Yongfeng Lu has been selected as the 2016 Arthur L. Schawlow Award recipient in recognition of his longstanding record of laser industry...

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Laser machine switches from sheet to tube processing

June 23, 2016

The LC5 from BLM Group USA is a compact laser machine with automatic loading/unloading that can process both tube and flat sheet. It can be equipped with either a CO2 laser source with power up to 4.5 kW or a fiber laser source with power up to 5 kW. The machine can handle tube up to 334 in....

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Laser power meter measures high-power lasers

June 16, 2016

Ophir Photonics Group has introduced the Helios compact laser power meter for measuring solid-state lasers such as diode, fiber, and Nd:YAG with powers from 100 W to 12 kW and energies from 10 J to 10 kJ in industrial processing applications. The power meter includes PC software and...

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