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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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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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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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Fiber laser markers cut copper, steel, and aluminum up to 0.02 in. thick

May 12, 2009

In addition to marking and engraving metals, Miyachi Unitek's LMF series fiber laser markers can make fine, high-quality cuts in copper, steel, and aluminum up to 0.02 in. thick. This capability enables cost-effective prototyping of lead frame parts, featured sheet parts, and steel tubes and can be...

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AMI adds FANUC laser service to network

May 12, 2009

Automated Machinery Inc. (AMI), Milford, Ohio, and Advanced Laser Services LLC (ALS), Douglasville, Ga., have announced a strategic alliance that will enhance the ability of both companies to provide a broader range of services for CNC precision fabricating equipment.AMI provides service, parts,...

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Consulting, prototyping, training available for laser industry

April 27, 2009

Priority Cutting LLC has announced the launch of its new company that focuses on providing comprehensive consulting, prototyping, and training services exclusively for fabricators with CNC lasers.With 13 years of working experience in the field, the company has developed two training programs...

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Laser safety eyewear suitable for Nd:YAG and Er:YAG applications

April 14, 2009

Laservision offers the 00145 high visual light transmittance filter eyewear.The glass filter is commonly used with Nd:YAG and Er:YAG laser applications. Its visible light transmission is 71 percent for photopic and 75 percent for...

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Cy Laser to distribute Italian laser systems in North America

April 14, 2009

Cy Laser LLC, Chicago, and Campana Livio S.r.l. and Finsomac S.r.l., both located in Schio, Italy, have reached an agreement for the exclusive distribution of Cy Laser high-brilliance laser cutting systems, manufactured by the Italian companies, in North America. The agreement also includes an...

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TRUMPF Inc. names West Coast sales representative

April 14, 2009

Larry Johnson has been named a district sales representative for TRUMPF Inc., Farmington, Conn. In this role, he is responsible for sales activity on the West Coast, specifically in Southern California and Nevada.Johnson has 33 years of experience in the sheet metal industry and began his career...

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Rockford Toolcraft acquires flying-optic laser cutting system

April 14, 2009

Rockford Toolcraft Inc., a tool and die builder and metal stamper in Rockford, Ill., has acquired an Amada LC-F1NT series laser cutting machine. The 6,000-W LC4020 flying-optic laser uses linear drives in all three axes. It features a 6-ft. by 12-ft. shuttle table with the ability to cut steel up...

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