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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Air cutting revisited

March 13, 2007

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Fabricators are increasingly using compressed air in laser cutting, instead of relying on laser assist gases such as oxygen and nitrogen. Recent findings reveal that shop air can be used on more material types and thicknesses, including parts on which the edge quality is visible.

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Automated parts removal

Flexible automation of laser cutting, material handling

March 13, 2007

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What's the point in purchasing an expensive laser cutting machine if you are going to waste money-making opportunities by unloading parts manually? Good nesting software, proper maintenance, and the latest unloading technology can help to make automated laser cutting and unloading a reality.

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Lens is low absorbing

February 19, 2007

II-VI Infrared's MP-5 low-absorbing lens provides absorption of less than 0.12 percent.The lens features visible HeNe laser light transmission and reduced thermal lensing. The lens is coated with zinc...

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Breaking speed barriers in laser cutting

February 14, 2007

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A real breakthrough in high-speed laser cutting occurred in 2005. Two additional parallel kinematic drive axes were placed near the point where the laser exits the head, creating a laser cutting machine with one dynamic and light cutting torch capable of independent movement along two axes but working in precise synchronicity with the machine's more sweeping movement of the laser head. This new approach opened up new frontiers and much higher limits in processing speed.

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Strippit/LVD names sales engineer

February 13, 2007

Leonard (Len) Stock has been named as a sales engineer for Strippit, Inc., a manufacturer of metalforming equipment, including turret punch presses, laser cutting systems, press brakes, shears, and...

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TRUMPF appoints Laser Technology Center general manager

February 13, 2007

Tim Morris has been appointed general manager of TRUMPF Inc.'s Laser Technology Center in Plymouth, Mich. He reports to Dr. Holger Schlueter, vice president laser for TRUMPF Inc.Morris joined the...

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Mate Precision Tooling announces sales management promotions

February 13, 2007

Mate Precision Tooling, Anoka, Minn., has promoted Paul Sandberg to the position of vice president international sales. Sandberg assumed the position from Chet Ferger, who will continue on with the...

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MPI laser cutting

Cutting lead-times with lasers

February 13, 2007

An expanding metal fabrication shop invests in lasers to help it produce precision parts and manage tight lead times.

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High speed laser cutting

A new dimension in lasers

January 17, 2007

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High-speed laser cutting is a recent result of increased laser power and high acceleration motion technology, which have improved cutting speeds. Tilt beam 2D-3D systems allow laser cutting of small 3D parts, bevel cutting on 2D sheet metal and 3D parts, 3D trimming of small deep drawn parts, and processing of holes and cut-outs in hydroformed parts.

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Waterjet laser cutting

Achieving precision and diversification with laser and waterjet technologies

January 9, 2007

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Both laser and waterjet cutting systems produce precision parts, and in many applications, either is appropriate. This article, which discusses the benefits and limitations of both technologies, can help you decide which is best-suited for your operation. In some cases, utilizing both can increase manufacturing flexibility and your business capabilities.

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Air Liquide appoints distributor network director

January 9, 2007

Air Liquide America L.P., which provides packaged and specialty gases in the U.S., has appointed Michael (Mike) Stoddard as director of its ALNET distributor network, effective Jan. 1.Stoddard reports...

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Prima names regional sales managers

January 9, 2007

Prima North America Inc. has announced that Ted Oviatt and Robert Lauer have joined its sales organization as regional sales managers for the company's 2-D and 3-D laser cutting systems.Oviatt works...

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Mitsubishi Laser, Ncell form partnership

January 9, 2007

Mitsubishi Laser has announced its exclusive partnership with Ncell Automation, a provider of automation integration software for precision fabrication.According to Mitsubishi, the integration of...

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Bystronic names president, North American operations

January 5, 2007

Bystronic Inc. has announced the promotion of Michael Zakrzewski to president of Bystronic Inc., the North American subsidiary of the Bystronic Group. Effective Jan. 1, 2007, Zakrzewski is responsible...

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Laser cutting system features three-lens cutting head

December 12, 2006

The Platino 1530 2-D laser cutting system from Prima North America now features a new three-lens cutting head that helps expand the system's cutting capabilities.The cutting head gives users a choice...

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