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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Analyzing the potential of the solid-state laser - TheFabricator

Analyzing the potential of the solid-state laser

July 1, 2010 | By Tim Heston

Fiber lasers have enormous potential in metal fabrication. They aren't a panacea, but for certain applications, they may be extremely attractive. They're solid-state, require less maintenance, and often can cut twice as fast as their CO2 counterparts.

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LIA to award Dr. Charles Townes with Lifetime Achievement Award

June 21, 2010

The Laser Institute of America (LIA), Orlando, Fla., will present its first Lifetime Achievement Award to laser pioneer Dr. Charles Townes at the 29th International Congress on Applications of Lasers and Electro-Optics (ICALEO®) in Anaheim, Calif. Townes, 94, won the Nobel Prize for physics in...

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TRUMPF LaserLab now on exhibit at the Connecticut Science Center - TheFabricator

TRUMPF LaserLab now on exhibit at the Connecticut Science Center

June 14, 2010

Where does laser power come from? How can lasers be made even stronger — and why do we need them to be power-packed in the first place? These are just a few of the questions answered at TRUMPF’s LaserLab, now on exhibit at the Connecticut Science Center in downtown Hartford. Visitors...

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2-D laser system cuts thin to thick sheets, cubic components, taps, and chamfers - TheFabricator

2-D laser system cuts thin to thick sheets, cubic components, taps, and chamfers

June 14, 2010

Mazak Optonics Corp. offers the SuperTurbo-X Mark III RTC 2-D laser cutting system for cutting thin to thick sheets, cubic components, taps, and chamfers. A rotary table is standard equipment for cutting round pipe up to a maximum diameter of 14.76 in. and square tubes up to 6 in. The 16.14-in....

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Mitsubishi names AFM as distributor in Canada

June 7, 2010

MC Machinery Systems Canada Inc., Richmond Hill, Ont., has appointed its newest distributor, AFM (Advanced Fabricating Machinery), Mississauga, Ont. AFM represents Mitsubishi’s laser, waterjet, and press brakes in Ontario, Quebec, and eastern Canada. AFM is headed by Bob Watson, president....

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North South Machinery hires VP of fabrication - TheFabricator

North South Machinery hires VP of fabrication

June 1, 2010

MC Machinery System's West Coast dealer, North South Machinery of Brea, Calif., has hired Bob Stewart as vice president of fabrication. He has nearly 30 years of experience in the fabrication industry. 2010 marks 25 years of partnership for Mitsubishi, located in Wood Dale, Ill., and North...

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Prima ships 1,000th CP series industrial laser

June 1, 2010

Prima North America Inc., Chicopee, Mass., has shipped its 1,000th CP series industrial CO2 laser. The machine is designed for metal cutting and welding in the aircraft, automotive, agricultural equipment, appliance, furniture, mining, and general fabricating sectors. The company reports...

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Bystronic names service manager for Canada

May 17, 2010

Bystronic Canada Ltd., Mississauga, Ont., has named Michael Cummings as service manager for Canada. He has more than 14 years of technical services, R&D, and management experience. Bystronic Inc. is a provider of laser cutting, waterjet cutting, and press brake systems, system software, and...

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Pulsed Nd:YAG laser introduced - TheFabricator

Pulsed Nd:YAG laser introduced

May 10, 2010

Prima North America Inc., the North American subsidiary of Prima Industrie S.P.A., has introduced the Convergent Lasers CL-R pulsed Nd:YAG laser. According to the company, the laser is designed to be an in-place replacement for the JK704 lasers used by its customers. Users of earlier-model...

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TRUMPF names new sales managers

May 10, 2010

TRUMPF Inc., Farmington, Conn., has appointed two new managers in its sales division. Mike Morissette has been named sales finance manager for TRUMPF Finance in Farmington, and Chris McMillin replaces him as regional sales manager based in Arizona. Morissette helps customers finance their...

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Flying-optic CO<sub>2</sub> laser cutting system has dual shuttle tables - TheFabricator

Flying-optic CO2 laser cutting system has dual shuttle tables

May 10, 2010

Han-Kwang USA has introduced the FS8025, a flying-optic CO2 laser cutting system with dual shuttle tables, each measuring 26 ft. long by 8 ft. wide. Powered by a 2.5-, 4- or 6-kW Panasonic laser resonator, the machine is the only laser in the industry on which the cutting head can cover the...

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TRUMPF announces laser division personnel changes

April 27, 2010

TRUMPF Inc., Farmington, Conn., has announced several staff changes within its laser division. David Havrilla has been promoted to manager of products and applications. He has been involved with industrial lasers for more than 23 years and holds a master’s degree in mechanical engineering. He...

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Coherent opens CO2 laser applications lab in China

April 27, 2010

Coherent Inc., Santa Clara, Calif., has opened a new CO2 laser applications laboratory in Beijing. The facility gives customers in the Chinese materials processing and microelectronics markets quick feedback on the suitability of CO2 laser processing for their applications. The Coherent Beijing...

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Large-format laser machine incorporates 6,000-W resonator

April 12, 2010

Bystronic has incorporated the ByLaser 6,000-W resonator into the ByStar L 4025 series of machines. The machine can process large-format sheets measuring up to 8 ft. wide by up to 39 ft. long. It uses a short-beam delivery system and autofocus to help increase accuracy and beam stability across the...

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PRIMA North America promotes sales/marketing manager

April 6, 2010

PRIMA North America Inc., Chicopee, Mass., the North American subsidiary of PRIMA Industrie S.p.A., Torino, Italy, has promoted Carl Bryant to the position of sales and marketing manager for PRIMA 3D Laser Systems and to the newly created position of automotive market manager for North America....

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