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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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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Laser cutting system designed for 2-D steel parts up to 1 in. thick

December 12, 2006

Mazak Optonics Corp. has introduced the Hyper Turbo-X 2-D laser cutting system for 2-D steel parts up to 1 in. thick.The system's Takumi(Japanese for "craftsmanship") bed is an enclosed box-frame...

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Small-footprint laser cutting machine handles standard-size sheets

December 12, 2006

The ByVention laser cutting machine from Bystronic Inc., featuring a 20- by 20-ft. footprint, handles standard-size metal sheets.The control cabinet and the laser source are integrated into the...

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TRUMPF names machine tool distributor

December 12, 2006

Fabricating Equipment Co. has been named as a machine tool distributor in southern Texas for TRUMPF Inc., Farmington, Conn.Lynn Moore continues as TRUMPF's regional manager serving Texas.

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Hypertherm adds to staff

December 12, 2006

Hypertherm Inc., Hanover, N.H., has named John Brennan as national distribution manager for North America and Jenny Levy as North American marketing director.Brennan develops and directs long-term...

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Preco, PaR form sales/integration partnership

December 12, 2006

Preco Inc., Lenexa, Kan., and PaR Systems Inc., St. Paul, Minn., have partnered in the sales and integration of industrial-based laser processing technology and PaR's gantry, motion, and robotic...

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CO2 lasers

High-powered lasers take a bite out of plate

December 12, 2006

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CO2 lasers are available in wattages that can cut plate more than 1 in. thick. The wattage, however, isn't the only factor that affects total speed and power. The assist gas chosen and the mode of the laser also influence final results.

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TRUMPF breaks ground on new facility

November 22, 2006

TRUMPF Inc. broke ground Nov. 21 on a new laser building being built on its Farmington, Conn., campus. The new research and manufacturing facility will be used to develop new lasers and expand the...

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