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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Rotary index configuration simplifies switch from flat sheet to tube, pipe cutting - TheFabricator.com

Rotary index configuration simplifies switch from flat sheet to tube, pipe cutting

August 1, 2011

Amada has added a rotary index to its FOM2 laser cutting system for cutting medium to thick materials. The rotary index is located on one of three interchangeable shuttle pallets, simplifying the switch from flat sheet cutting to tube or pipe cutting. The FOM2RI-3015 can process round, square,...

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MultiCam Inc. names Florida Technology Center sales manager - TheFabricator.com

MultiCam Inc. names Florida Technology Center sales manager

August 1, 2011

MultiCam® Inc., Dallas, has appointed James Anderson to sales manager of its Technology Center in Orlando, Fla. He was the technical support supervisor in that location for the past nine years. A former small-business owner in the metal fabrication industry, Anderson has experience in...

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Putting talent to work - TheFabricator.com

Putting talent to work

August 1, 2011

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Arin Inc. has evolved from a steel rule blanking house to a modern metal fabricator capable of producing precision, laser cut blanks. Bu workers can see history every day--a tool room for steel rule die remains, as do the mechanical presses. A tour of Arin's shop is a walk through time, a gallery showing what metal fabrication talent has produced over the decades.

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Seeing the (green) light - TheFabricator.com

Seeing the (green) light

August 1, 2011

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More lasers or punch presses may enable a shop to cut more parts, but those parts still must be loaded, unloaded, and transported to downstream operations. In these cases, automation can help increase green-light-on time and help a shop produce more parts in less time.

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Fiber laser tube cutting system processes galvanized steel and highly reflective materials - TheFabricator.com

Fiber laser tube cutting system processes galvanized steel and highly reflective materials

July 25, 2011

LT Fiber from BLM Group USA is the first automated laser tube cutting machine to use a fiber laser resonator, the company reports. With its 2-kW IPG fiber laser source, the system can process highly reflective materials such as brass, copper, and aluminum, as well as galvanized steel. The...

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Gas equipment for CO2 laser cutting: A primer - TheFabricator.com

Gas equipment for CO2 laser cutting: A primer

July 8, 2011

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Precise assist gas delivery is essential in CO2 laser cutting. The resonator is a key component, especially if gas delivery will be uninterrupted for unattended machine operation. Assist gas volume and pressure also must be appropriate for the application to ensure the best results.

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One laser head, one plasma torch, one cutting table - TheFabricator.com

One laser head, one plasma torch, one cutting table

July 8, 2011

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The fiber laser and plasma systems share similar delivery systems. Neither require any kind of optical alignment between the power source and cutting head. The two thermal cutting processes share many similarities, from an integration standpoint, which is why the two now can be integrated onto a single cutting table.

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500-W fiber laser suitable for cutting metals up to 0.12 in. thick

June 27, 2011

JK Lasers, part of the GSI Group, has added the JK500FL to its range of fiber lasers. With features including 500-W CW output power, single-mode beam quality, and patented back reflection protection, the fiber laser can process a variety of materials with high accuracy and at a quick rate, the...

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Rofin-Sinar invests in new production capacities for fiber lasers

June 14, 2011

Rofin-Sinar Technologies, Plymouth, Mich., through its wholly owned subsidiary Corelase Oy, has acquired a block of buildings in Tampere, Finland. The acquisition of these facilities increases the manufacturing capacity for the company's fiber laser series. The $5.3 million investment includes...

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Prima Power Laserdyne begins manufacturing Rapido laser in Champlin, Minn. - TheFabricator.com

Prima Power Laserdyne begins manufacturing Rapido laser in Champlin, Minn.

May 31, 2011

Prima Power Laserdyne has begun manufacturing the Rapido laser system at its Champlin, Minn., facility. Previously manufactured and delivered to the North American market exclusively from Prima Industrie S.p.A. headquarters in Torino, Italy, Rapido systems now will also be assembled, tested, and...

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Open-table CO2 laser machine allows position to be monitored, corrected as needed by the CNC - TheFabricator.com

Open-table CO2 laser machine allows position to be monitored, corrected as needed by the CNC

May 16, 2011

Bell Laser LLC offers the BL-C-4896-400 open-table, CNC laser machine. The rigid, precision-cutting machine features a ball-screw servomotor drive that serves as a closed-loop feedback system, allowing the position to be monitored and corrected as needed by the CNC. The welded steel frame...

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Automotive expert heralds return of Big Three - TheFabricator.com

Automotive expert heralds return of Big Three

May 16, 2011

"We’re back." That's how Emmy Award-winning automotive journalist John McElroy described the U.S. auto industry at a recent event at TRUMPF's Laser Technology Center in Plymouth, Mich. Trumpeting the triumph of U.S. automakers as "the new reality," McElroy added, “There is no...

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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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