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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Nesting software keeps the “lights-out” on - TheFabricator.com

Nesting software keeps the “lights-out” on

September 9, 2011 | By Cornel TerreBlanche, John Leuzinger

"Lights-out" laser cutting-defined as a machine laser-cutting parts without the need of operator intervention, typically during an unmanned evening shift-can only occur when the cutting head can move around the sheet unencumbered. Advanced nesting software can ensure that "lights-out" remains on.

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Optics designed for multikilowatt steel cutting lasers - TheFabricator.com

Optics designed for multikilowatt steel cutting lasers

August 29, 2011

High-power CO2 laser optics from Laser Research Optics, optimized for 10.6 µm and offered in 1.5- to 2.5-in. diameters, are designed for multikilowatt steel cutting lasers. With focal lengths from 3.5 to 12 in., the lenses are A/R-coated and exhibit total absorption of less than 0.2...

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Laser cutter specifically designed, built around fiber-optic technology

August 23, 2011

Salvagnini America offers the new L3 fiber laser cutter, which the company says is the first laser cutter specifically designed and built around fiber-optic technology. Features include high speed, low energy consumption, low maintenance, low cost per part, increased accuracy and realiability, and...

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TRUMPF presents 2011 awards to distributors - TheFabricator.com

TRUMPF presents 2011 awards to distributors

August 15, 2011

TRUMPF Inc., a producer of lasers and other fabricating machinery in Farmington, Conn., has presented 2011 awards of sales achievement to three of its distributors. Fabricating Machine Technology, Cleveland, received the Outstanding Distributor Performance Award in recognition of its...

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6,000 W 2-D laser cutting system processes thicker mild steel, stainless - TheFabricator.com

6,000-W 2-D laser cutting system processes thicker mild steel, stainless

August 9, 2011

Mazak Optonics Corp. has increased the power output of its SuperTurbo-X Mark III 2-D laser cutting system to 6,000 W for processing thicker mild steel and stainless materials. Built using the company's hybrid platform, the system has a constant-beam-length construction to provide uniform cutting...

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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 | By Tim Heston

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 | By David J. Stone

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 | By John Karpus

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 | By Douglas Shuda

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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