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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Laser processing head permits tight access to parts during processing

August 11, 2009

Laser Mechanisms has introduced the FiberCut processing head for 3-D robotic cutting applications.All connections enter the cutting head at a right angle, permitting tight access to parts during processing. It calibrates automatically and is insensitive to cutting...

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M&M installs Mazak laser system

August 11, 2009

M&M Manufacturing Co., Fort Worth, Texas, has installed a Mazak Hypergear 2D FMS laser cutting system. The machine is used primarily by the company's Precision Products Division, and also used by its residential products division for production of prefab HVAC components.The laser has automatic...

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Saying 'yes' when others can't

August 1, 2009 | By Tim Heston

IMEC, a small job shop in southwest Missouri, invests in automation not necessarily to increase capacity, but to increase flexibility.

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Efficient laser cutting machine introduced

July 20, 2009

Bystronic, a manufacturer of cutting and bending systems, has introduced the BySprint Pro 3015 high-speed laser cutting system.Designed for economic efficiency, the system combines the Bylaser 4400, 4.4 kW laser source with high machine dynamics. The laser source has wear-free solid-state power...

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Pneumatic grate cleaning tool works in push or pull mode

July 14, 2009

Bystronic offers a pneumatic tool for cleaning cutting table grates. The reduction of back spatter helps keep cut parts cleaner, helping to reduce secondary operations and increase overall process reliability.The unit requires only one operator and is designed to work in push or pull...

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Arvite Technologies adds CO2 CNC laser capacity

July 14, 2009

To increase its laser cutting capacity, Arvite Technologies Inc., Erie, Pa., has added a TRUMPF 2030 TruLaser to its production line.The machine allows the company to cut almost any shape, regardless of its complexity, with increased cutting speed and quality. The laser cutter can process steel up...

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ICALEO to be held in November

July 14, 2009

The International Congress on Applications of Lasers & Electro-Optics (ICALEO®) will be held Nov. 2-5 in Orlando. The conference brings together end users, scientists, engineers, and technicians engaged in developing laser technology to review that state of the art in laser materials processing...

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laser gas delivery system

The hidden costs of laser cutting gases

July 6, 2009 | By John Gabris

Gases for laser operations can be a significant factor in keeping costs down.

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matrix metalcraft laser cutting

Nontraditional fabricator chasing nontraditional markets

July 2, 2009 | By Dan Davis

Matrix Metalcraft, Clinton Township, Mich.,has done plenty of prototype and production work for the automotive industry in the past, but with the downturn in the industry, it is targeting industries aligned with alternative power generation for new business. In doing so, it has found out that its laser cutting capabilities will serve those efforts well.

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Messer hires technical products sales manager

July 1, 2009

Messer Cutting Systems Inc., a manufacturer of thermal cutting gantry machines, has hired Bell Heller as technical products sales manager.Heller, who has a background in robotic automation sales, has 32 years' experience in the cutting and welding fields. His holds a business degree from Mt. Union...

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Bystronic Group, BLM Group form marketing alliance

June 30, 2009

Bystronic (sheet metal processing systems) and the BLM GROUP (tube processing systems) have formed an alliance to work closely together in market development.The alliance between the two groups is effective July 1, 2009. It includes numerous marketing activities to inform (potential) customers...

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Diagram of typical air supply system

Purging the plenum for better laser cutting

June 23, 2009 | By David J. Connaughton

Typically, compressed air or nitrogen circulates in the plenum to ensure that water, dirt, dust, smoke, haze, and solid particulate matter are absent so that the mirrors in a laser resonator do not become cloudy. In recent years, membrane air dryer systems that provide drying and removal of particulate matter have been developed for flushing the beam path.

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Fiber-optic laser cutting system requires no optic banks, beam centering, or laser gases

June 9, 2009

Cy Laser LLC has introduced a line of 2-D laser cutting systems for cutting sheet, plate, and pipe made of carbon steel, stainless steel, aluminum, brass, and copper.The laser beam is delivered by a fiber-optic cable measuring less than 0.04 in. in diameter. No optic banks, beam centering, or laser...

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CO2 laser optics fabrication enhanced

June 9, 2009

II-VI Infrared now offers micromilling and microgrinding for diamond-turned laser optics fabrication. By incorporating a high-speed tool spindle into a four-axis diamond turning machine, the company can machine freeform designs.According to the company, this capability improves the manufacturing...

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Laser Mechanisms adds fiber systems manager

June 9, 2009

Laser Mechanisms, Novi, Mich., has added Tom Kugler as fiber systems manager responsible for the ongoing refinement of the company's AccuFiber line of processing heads.Kugler began his career in 1984 as an applications engineer at Photon Sources®, where he worked with CO2 lasers and Nd:YAG...

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