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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Amada to build laser manufacturing center in California

April 25, 2011

Mitsuo Okamoto, president and CEO of Amada Co., Ltd., has announced plans to broaden the company's global manufacturing capabilities. In addition to its manufacturing centers located in Japan and France, Amada has unveiled plans to build manufacturing centers in China and the U.S. The new...

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Laser system combines fiber technology with 12,000-IPM linear-motor axis drives

April 18, 2011

Cincinnati Incorporated has expanded its laser cutting product line with the CL-900 series fiber laser cutting system. It combines fiber laser technology with 12,000-IPM linear-motor axis drives to cut mild steel two to three times faster than conventional lasers, according to the manufacturer....

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JDSU, Amada to develop second-generation fiber lasers

April 12, 2011

JDSU, Milipitas, Calif., and Amada have announced plans to develop jointly a line of second-generation fiber lasers with up to 4-kW output power. The lasers will be used in Amada’s high-powered laser material processing system. The collaboration builds on the companies' partnership for the...

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Prima Industrie and Finn-Power become Prima Power - TheFabricator.com

Prima Industrie and Finn-Power become Prima Power

April 4, 2011

Prima Industrie has announced a change in corporate branding as two specialists in laser and sheet metal fabrication technology — Prima Industrie and Finn-Power — have joined forces to create Prima Power. Since the acquisition of Finn-Power by Prima Industrie in 2008, the group has...

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Mazak Optonics announces Automated Recovery Seminar for Western region

February 28, 2011

Increasing laser-cutting capacity without the burden of added manpower is the driving theme behind the Automated Recovery Seminars presented by Mazak Optonics Corp. As part of its 2011 Spring seminar schedule, the company will conduct an Automated Recovery Seminar in Anaheim, California, on March...

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4.5-kW cross-flow resonator introduced for 2-D lasers

February 22, 2011

Mitsubishi Laser has introduced a 4.5-kW resonator for all 2-D lasers, replacing the formerly standard 4.0-kW resonator. The cross-flow resonator technology reduces rise time/fall time of square-wave pulse, enabling more consistent beam power during the cutting process. The uniform, low-current...

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Fiber laser cuts steel, stainless steel, aluminum, and nonferrous metals - TheFabricator.com

Fiber laser cuts steel, stainless steel, aluminum, and nonferrous metals

February 22, 2011

The BySprint Fiber 3015 is a high-power fiber laser cutting machine based on the BySprint Pro platform and the concept ByVention Fiber laser machine. The laser is the company's first production series laser cutting system to employ fiber laser technology. Equipped with a 2-kW Fiber 2000 fiber...

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LVD Company, Pullmax AB agree to merger of operations

February 17, 2011

LVD Company nv, Gullegem, Belgium, and Pullmax AB, Göteborg, Sweden, today announced they have entered into an agreement providing for the operational merger of the companies to combine sales, service, production, and research and development facilities. The agreement will expand the product...

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Lincoln Electric to host laser welding, cutting seminar

February 17, 2011

Lincoln Electric Automation will host a one-day laser welding and cutting technology seminar at the Automation Center of Excellence, Cleveland, on March 24, 2011.The seminar will include a brief review of the history of lasers, an introduction to laser materials processing benefits, and hands-on...

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Bystronic breaks ground for new North American headquarters - TheFabricator.com

Bystronic breaks ground for new North American headquarters

February 2, 2011

Bystronic Inc. has officially broken ground for its new multimillion dollar North American headquarters based in Elgin, Illinois. The ground-breaking ceremony on Friday, January 21, was attended by local Elgin town officials, local press, as well as industry press. Bystronic is moving its North...

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Aftermarket cavity, beam delivery mirrors available - TheFabricator.com

Aftermarket cavity, beam delivery mirrors available

January 17, 2011

A new series of aftermarket, OEM-quality cavity and beam delivery mirrors for TRUMPF® lasers is offered by Laser Research Optics. The optics feature plane-parallel configurations and include zero-phase, phase-lock, and rear mirrors; output couplers; and phase retarders in 1.5- to 2.7-in....

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Sterling Fabrication Technology to represent TRUMPF

January 17, 2011

TRUMPF Inc., Farmington, Conn., has selected Sterling Fabrication Technology to represent its sheet metal fabricating equipment in Louisiana and Texas. The Dallas-based representative has worked with TRUMPF in the past as well....

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Laser cutting thick stainless steel--fast - TheFabricator.com

Laser cutting thick stainless steel—fast

January 17, 2011

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Fabricator uses a 7-kW CO2 laser cutting system to cut thousands of thick, stainless steel components for a critical component of nuclear plant safety. Today, the shop hopes to leverage its technology to gain work in other sectors.

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Hypertherm receives OSHA STAR safety status

January 10, 2011

Hypertherm has been selected as a STAR worksite by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's (OSHA's) Voluntary Protection Program (VPP). The program recognizes organizations that have outstanding safety and health practices. Organizations must maintain injury and illness rates that are...

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A case of the gas - TheFabricator.com

A case of the gas

January 10, 2011

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If a job shop supplies metal parts that are to be powder coated or welded, the customers likely require that those fabricated parts have no oxidized edges. That requirement forces the job shop to cut with nitrogen, which doesn't leave an oxidized edge like oxygen. Unfortunately, cutting with nitrogen is expensive because much more nitrogen is consumed when compared to oxygen to perform similar cuts. This situation led a metal fabricator to investigate nitrogen generation systems. This is his tale.

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