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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TRUMPF announces management changes

January 16, 2006

TRUMPF Inc. has appointed Peter Grollmann as the new product manager for laser marking. He is responsible for managing TRUMPF's laser marking products in North America.An electronics and optical...

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Software theater demonstrates pipe cut programming

January 10, 2006

Mazak Optonics, Schaumburg, Ill., hosted a real-time software theater at FABTECH Intl./AWS that demonstrated the use of FG CAD/CAM software for programming of pipe parts. Spectators interacted with...

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Laser system has combined axes speed of 5,900 IPM

January 10, 2006

Prima Laser Tools' new Domino HS 1530 multiaxis 2-D/3-D high-speed laser system has a combined X-Y-Z axes speed of 5,900 IPM.The laser has direct-drive cutting and welding heads. According to the...

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Waterjet system works with laser, robotic, oxyfuel, and plasma cutters

January 10, 2006

The M-Series of waterjets from WARDJet Inc. enables operators to use a laser, robotic arm, oxyfuel cutter, or plasma cutter as a waterjet and drive the intensifier off compressed air in the shop.A...

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Laser cutter has automated material handling option

January 10, 2006

TRUMPF Inc. offers a material handling option on the TC L 2510 laser cutting machine that increases its capacity to run unattended. The new hydraulic transport cart loads and unloads different...

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Gas delivery system works with 12-packs, liquid cylinders

January 10, 2006

The 622 gas delivery system from CONCOA has a single-body design suited for start-up of 12 packs or liquid cylinders. The dome-loaded seat enables to system to transition into a point-of-use regulator...

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Laser cutting technology designed for quick, clean piercing in various materials

January 10, 2006

Bystronic's Controlled Pulse Pierce (CPP) technology for laser cutting systems is designed to generate fast, clean piercing in a range of material types and thicknesses.The two-stage pulse piercing...

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Harris Calorific, Airgas form agreement

January 10, 2006

Harris Calorific Inc., Gainesville, Ga., and Airgas Inc., Radnor, Pa., have announced an agreement to jointly market gases and gas control equipment for CO2lasers used in materials processing.With the...

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BOC adds Merriam-Graves to distributor network

January 10, 2006

The BOC Group, Murray Hill, N.J., has added Merriam-Graves, Charlestown, N.H., to its network of independent distributors.Merriam-Graves is a privately held distributor of industrial, medical, and...

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Optimizing CO2 laser use: Part I

January 10, 2006

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Many factors can affect laser processing efficiency. This article, Part I of a two-part series, stresses laser system maintenance and discusses factors that can affect beam quality and efficiency—namely, impurities introduced by laser gases and gas supply systems and how to prevent them. It also has a supply system requirements list.

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Laser has M2rating of 1.2

December 13, 2005

PRC offers its STS 2500 HQ laser with TEM 00 beam output.The laser, which has an M2rating of 1.2 (K factor is greater than 0.8), offers excellent focusing characteristics for all precision cutting and...

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Fume extraction system protects laser optics

December 13, 2005

Adapt Laser Systems offers fume extraction systems manufactured by TEKA Filter Technology.Fume and particle extraction systems are important in many laser surface treatment applications. When lasers...

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TRUMPF names new exclusive regional distributor

December 13, 2005

TRUMPF Inc., Farmington, Conn., has named Icon Machine Tool as its exclusive distributor for machine tools in Illinois and eastern Iowa. The company continues to represent TRUMPF products in Missouri,...

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Looking to higher power for laser speed?

December 13, 2005

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Laser beam sources with higher output powers and improved beam qualities have expanded the range of laser applications. Most system's lasers have power higher than 2 kW. Higher power does not always increase the speed, however. Increasing the power during thermal cutting value may cause increased heat-affected zones on the material and place higher demands on the motion system, thus limiting the cutting speed. A new patented cutting machine, the diffusion-cooled CO2 slab laser, may offer improved beam quality and smaller focus diameters under conditions comparable to conventional fast-axial-flow CO2 laser with 4-kW output power.

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TRUMPF celebrates production of 100th laser resonator

November 8, 2005

TRUMPF Inc., Farmington, Conn., has announced it has produced its 100th TCF 1 laser resonator, two years after the product's introduction. Originally intended for use on the TC L 2510 laser cutting...

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