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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Tool aids alignment of multimode fibers used with lasers

February 17, 2014

FiberTool™ from Laser Mechanisms Inc. is a patent-pending device that aids in the alignment of standard multimode fibers used with Nd:YAG, fiber, and disk lasers. It produces a real-time output signal to the user that is a gauge of the alignment quality of the laser energy into the fiber...

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Femtosecond laser processing allows cutting, drilling with no thermal damage

February 11, 2014

LSA Laser has added femtosecond laser processing capabilities for medical device manufacturing. The lasers can drill and cut high-precision holes and shapes free from thermal damage, the company reports. The ultrafast laser system vaporizes matter without HAZ, making it suitable for use on...

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Okay Industries acquires Reliance Laser

February 10, 2014

Okay Industries Inc., New Britain, Conn., has expanded its laser cutting, welding, marking, and surface treatment capabilities with the acquisition of Reliance Laser, Agawam, Mass. The companies will integrate operations at Okay Medical Products Mfg. in Berlin, Conn. Reliance Laser brings Okay...

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Femtosecond laser’s average power output exceeds 20 W

February 10, 2014

The IMPULSE® is an all-diode, direct diode-pumped, Yb-doped fiber oscillator/amplifier. Available from Clark-MXR Inc., this high-average-power femtosecond laser features all-solid-state construction with a user-adjustable rep rate from single shot to 25 MHz, greater than 20-W average power...

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Laser machine cuts large workpieces with reduced electrical consumption

February 5, 2014

Mitsubishi Laser has introduced the RX series laser system, designed as a cost-effective option for cutting large workpieces. The ML4020 RX machine is built to handle workpieces up to 13 by 6.5 ft. Resonators are available in 45 and 60CF-R. The Blow Pierce feature can reduce piercing times in...

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Fiber laser processes thin sheets with 6g acceleration

February 5, 2014

Prima Power has introduced the Syncrono fiber laser, featuring 6g acceleration for processing thin sheets. The system is two synchronized machines in one: one small, light head with high dynamics, and one larger machine with a wide working area. The two machines are coordinated by patented...

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Direct-drive gantry system simplifies laser system calibration

February 4, 2014

Kern Laser Systems has announced upgrades to its HSE line of large-format, 400-W CO2 laser systems. A new direct-drive gantry system has been added that simplifies the calibration and maintenance schedule, according to the manufacturer. The upgraded height-following system is three times faster...

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Prima Power Laserdyne appoints senior manager, business development

February 3, 2014

Prima Power Laserdyne LLC, Champlin, Minn., a manufacturer of industrial laser systems, has appointed Dr. Mohammed Naeem to the newly created position of senior manager, business development. He works with current and prospective customers to implement new laser processes and is responsible for...

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EPP Métal receives grant to purchase laser cutting machine

January 29, 2014

Canada Economic Development’s Quebec Economic Development Program has granted EPP Métal Inc., Plessisville, Que., a $280,000 repayable grant to help the company acquire a laser cutting machine within the framework of a $1.5 million overall investment project. The company plans to expand its...

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Coil Fed laser

It all starts with the blank

January 17, 2014

The evolution of precision blanking began with the shear, moved to the press, and now to the laser. Each type of blanking technology, from cut-to-length lines or blanking on a traditional mechanical press to blanking with servo press technology and laser blanking, comes with its own best applications, advantages, and disadvantages.

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Parts evaluated for laser processing

January 13, 2014

Laserdyne offers evaluations of parts for laser processing. Working from customers' CAD drawings, descriptions, or sample parts, the company's process engineers help direct customers to a laser process and system that meet their quality and cost-efficiency requirements. The company's laser...

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Laser optics manufactured to specification

January 8, 2014

Laser Research Optics offers custom laser optics made to specification from ZnSe and ZnS in sizes from 0.5 to 5 in. OD. They can be supplied plano-convex, plano-concave, and as wedged-windows and mirrors in round, rectangle, and square shapes that can include steps, holes, and other special...

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TRUMPF and partners win German Future Prize

December 11, 2013

Dr. Dirk Sutter of TRUMPF, Dr. Jens König of Bosch, and Professor Stefan Nolte of the University of Jena have received the German Future Prize, presented by German President Joachim Gauck at a ceremony in Berlin, for establishing the ultrashort pulse laser as a new tool for industrial production...

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New control system added to fiber laser cutting system - TheFabricator.com

New control system added to fiber laser cutting system

December 10, 2013

The NTC TLH series fiber laser processing system from Komatsu features a new control system and teach pendant to help simplify operations. The 06R controller provides touchscreen activation and an easy-to-read screen. The new teach pendant has a response time of 0.5 sec. Its safety interface...

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2-D laser uses fiber function to cut stainless steel up to 1 in. thick - TheFabricator.com

2-D laser uses fiber function to cut stainless steel up to 1 in. thick

December 6, 2013

TRUMPF Inc.'s TruLaser 5030 fiber, a 2-D laser cutting machine with a 5-kW, solid-state laser, uses the manufacturer's new BrightLine fiber function to cut stainless steel up to 1-in. thick. The fiber enables the laser to produce small holes and tight contours in thick sheet metal while boosting...

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