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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Nozzle changer added to fiber laser cutting system

July 15, 2015

LVD Strippit has introduced an optional nozzle changer for its Electra FL 2-, 3-, and 4-kW high-speed fiber laser cutting systems. The nozzle changer offers storage for 10 nozzles. With the unit, the laser cutting machine can select the correct nozzle for every job, requiring no operator...

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Gas gives the big assist in laser cutting

July 13, 2015

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Assist gas aids cutting and evacuates molten material from the kerf. It’s a key variable, one that may be the culprit for a bad cut edge. Just know that it’s not the only potential culprit.

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Ophir Optics receives certification to AS9100

July 8, 2015

Ophir Optics, a manufacturer of precision infrared and laser optics, has received certification to the AS9100 quality systems standard of ISO 9001:2008. The company, which produces infrared components, lenses, and motorized zoom lens systems and laser optics, serves the defense, security,...

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Nitrogen generator feeds fiber lasers

July 6, 2015

MSS Lasers offers the Nitrocube Fiber nitrogen generator. The modular, plug-and-play generator converts compressed air into high-purity nitrogen for use with fiber lasers. The system is designed to produce just the gas required, but it has gas storage sized to meet peaks in production and for...

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JMT appoints two laser specialists

June 11, 2015

Salt Lake City-based JMT, a provider of machine tools to the metal fabrication industry, has appointed two new staff members to technical positions to support its laser products. Johntanna (JT) Messer has been hired as laser sales engineer. In this role, he is responsible for evaluating...

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Control feature prevents back-wall damage in laser drilling

June 10, 2015

Prima Power Laserdyne’s S94P control feature SmartStop™ helps prevent back-wall damage during trepanning and percussion drilling of turbine engine combustor components. Back-wall damage occurs when impingement of the laser beam on the part surface behind the one being drilled causes...

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Optics for fiber lasers offer extremely low absorption

June 9, 2015

Ophir Optics offers Fiberlens™, a series of collimating lenses, focusing lenses, and protective windows for use with high-power, 1-micron fiber laser systems. They are suitable for all applications from 1,030 to 1,080 nm, including fiber lasers, discklasers, and YAG lasers. The optics feature...

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Speedy laser mirrors withstand high laser powers for welding

June 9, 2015

Fraunhofer has developed fast, durable microelectromechanical system (MEMS) mirrors that can perform laser cutting and welding tasks. They deflect the laser beam and guide it precisely over the workpiece while withstanding high laser powers, enabling them to process aluminum and sheet steel....

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Rofin announces management changes

June 8, 2015

Rofin-Sinar Technologies Inc., Plymouth, Mich., a manufacturer of laser beam sources and laser-based systems, has announced that Thomas Merk, currently COO of the Rofin Laser Micro and Marking Group, will succeed Günther Braun as president/CEO on July 1. At that time, Braun will resign as a...

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Wheatland Steel acquires CO2 laser system

June 8, 2015

Wheatland Steel Processing, Wheatland, Pa., has acquired a Cincinnati CL707 CO2 laser cutting system. It incorporates a high-speed linear motor drive, motion control systems, electronics, beam delivery, fiber-optics communications, and software technology. The system cuts a variety of materials and...

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Adding to the arsenal of metal cutting technologies

June 2, 2015

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Despite having low- and high-powered laser cutting machines and two waterjets, a fabrication shop recognized that it might have a need for more laser cutting capacity. To fill that gap, Advanced Laser & Waterjet Cutting installed a 1-kW CO2 laser cutting machine.

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LaserCoil Technologies appoints director of mechanical engineering/product development

May 28, 2015

LaserCoil Technologies LLC, a provider of coil-fed laser cutting systems in Napoleon, Ohio, has hired Scott Sonnenberg as director of mechanical engineering and product development. Before joining the company, he was engineering manager for Wauseon Machine & Mfg. He also previously worked as a...

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Cy-Laser America dedicates technology center and showroom in Michigan

May 26, 2015

Cy-Laser America, a subsidiary of Cy-Laser S.r.L., Schio, Italy, has opened a new technology center in Sterling Heights, Mich. At the grand opening, the company hosted dealers, customers, and local dignitaries, offering demonstrations of a new line of end-load fiber lasers to North America....

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Software feature helps create clean pierce point in laser cutting

May 7, 2015

Laserdyne’s new SmartPierce™ feature, offered in the S94P high-speed laser cutting system, creates a clean pierce point that is the same diameter as the cut width. This eliminates splatter of molten material around the pierce location to help ensure a consistent, smooth entry point. The...

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Fiber laser cutting system designed for entry-level applications

May 6, 2015

LVD Strippit has introduced the Lynx FL fiber laser cutting system. The flexible system processes a variety of materials and thicknesses. Powered by a high-efficiency IPG (2-kW) fiber laser source, the system processes thin sheet materials such as mild steel, stainless steel, and aluminum, as well...

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