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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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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TRUMPF appoints managing director in Mexico

April 22, 2014

TRUMPF Inc., a producer of fabricating machinery and industrial lasers in Farmington, Conn., has named Alberto Pancardo as the new managing director of TRUMPF Mexico. He is responsible for sales and service of the company’s machine tools and power tools in Mexico, as well as the production of...

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Mazak Optonics names GM of customer service

April 22, 2014

Laser cutting system supplier Mazak Optonics Corp., Elgin, Ill., has appointed Mark Dilling as general manager of customer service. He is responsible for all issues related to customer satisfaction, including equipment installation, machine training, technical services, and parts delivery....

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Laser system processes large-volume 3-D components

April 22, 2014

Prima Power Laserdyne offers the Laserdyne 795 system for drilling, cutting, and welding of medium- to large-volume 3-D components with a minimum of setups. Employing a moving-beam motion system, the multiaxis laser is designed for flexibility of motion and tight tolerances. The...

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Fiber laser comes with three cutting modes

April 15, 2014

Murata Machinery USA Inc. offers the Muratec LS3015FC fiber laser for precision cutting of sheet metal and such reflective materials as copper and aluminum. Incorporating IPG resonators, the laser uses about one-third less power than conventional CO2 lasers, states the company. In addition,...

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Trumpf TruLaser 5030 fiber with BrightLine fiber

TRUMPF Inc.

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The TruLaser 5030 fiber is a high performance laser cutting machine that features a TruDisk solid state laser. The cutting speed in thin materials can be up to 3 times faster than CO2 cutting. The quality trade-offs of cutting thick material cutting with solid state lasers are now eliminated with the BrightLine fiber option. BrightLine fiber delivers outstanding cut quality and performance in thicker steel and stainless steel, making the TruLaser 5030 fiber the best all-around laser cutting machine on the market.

Life with a fiber laser

April 7, 2014

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Accrotool Inc., New Kensington, Pa., had a 1,500-W laser cutting machine from 2001 that needed to be replaced. A fiber laser was deemed the perfect choice for the shop’s cutting chores. However, to be successful, the company’s management discovered that a new mindset was needed to accompany the new technology.

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Laser cutting on the level

April 3, 2014

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A laser cutting machine doesn’t care how hard or soft a metal is, but the material’s flatness matters immensely. That’s why so many service centers are investing in leveling processes that aim to equalize stresses, ensuring sheet metal stays flat after being cut.

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MC Machinery Systems launches new website

April 2, 2014

MC Machinery Systems Inc., Wood Dale, Ill., has launched a new website at www.mcmachinery.com, designed for mobile device accessibility and increased functionality. In addition to tech videos and machine specifications, the site offers news updates, technical articles, case histories, guest...

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Using High-Speed Laser-Cutting Tube Processes to Meet Growing Production Demands

Date: Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Sponsored by Mazak Optonics Corp.

Length: 45:00

There is a growing need for high-speed and high-precision tube laser-cutting in a wide array of industries. From home décor to transportation to medical equipment, manufacturers are being pressured to increase efficiency and productivity while decreasing costs. In this webinar, we will explore solutions to meet increasing tube and pipe productivity requirements, including the impact of new approaches to bundle loading and the combination of state-of-the-art drives and controls.