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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Hypertherm announces management team changes

November 12, 2014

Hypertherm, a Hanover, N.H.-based manufacturer of plasma, laser, and waterjet cutting systems, has realigned responsibilities in its management team. With the planned year-end departure of Carey Chen, current vice president and general manager light industrial businesses, and CIO, to become...

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JDSU, Amada collaborate on development of direct-diode laser to cut metal

November 7, 2014

JDSU, Milpitas, Calif., a developer of technologies for the optical-networking market, has collaborated with Amada, a manufacturer of metal fabricating tools, to develop a new direct-diode laser that provides up to 2 kW of output power. The laser has been integrated into Amada’s new ExC sheet...

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Plasma/fiber laser combination machine achieves 3,000-IPM traverse speed

November 7, 2014

The MetalMaster Xcel from Messer Cutting Systems features high acceleration drives and traversing speeds of 3,000 IPM. Multiple tools can be added, including plasma beveling, oxyfuel, combination plasma/fiber laser cutting, drilling, and marking coupled with OmniWin software. Using the...

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Muza Metal Products adds fiber laser machine

November 6, 2014

Contract metal fabricator Muza Metal Products, located in Oshkosh, Wis., has installed an Amada FOL3015AJ fiber laser cutting system. "Adding this technology to our asset base means we can reduce cut time by 60 percent and double our laser cutting capacity,” said John Kriz, president....

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3-D laser raises productivity by 25 percent

November 4, 2014

Prima Power offers the Laser Next machine, a 3-D laser for high-volume automotive production applications. The manufacturer reports the new machine represents a step change in the development of its 3-D laser machines: productivity on a typical benchmark component (B-pillar) has been raised by...

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CO2 slab laser operates with few components

October 27, 2014

Rofin offers the DC 060 CO2 slab laser with 6-kW output power. The machine operates with only a few components and does not require conventional gas recirculation. Energy-saving standby operation helps minimize energy consumption, the company...

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Plasma cutting or laser cutting? How about both?

October 22, 2014

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Not all parts need the tight-tolernace edge that laser cutting provides; now a fabricator canhave the fine touch of laser cutting and the poweful force of plasma cutting for thicker materials in one machine.

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High-powered fiber translates into a more versatile tool

October 16, 2014

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A new 6-kW fiber laser cutting machine holds the potential to expand the cutting opportunities for metal fabricators.

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6-kW fiber laser source added to cutting systems

October 9, 2014

Bystronic has extended the BySprint Fiber portfolio with the addition of a 6-kW fiber laser source for its 3015 and 4020 cutting machine formats. The higher power increases the machine’s cutting speed in thin to medium sheet metal thicknesses. For example, a 6-kW fiber laser cuts 0.125-in....

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Laser processing system handles coil-fed metals

October 3, 2014

Preco Inc. has introduced a high-speed, discrete-part laser processing system for tool-free processing of coil-fed metallic materials. The system uses fiber-based lasers with high-speed galvanometer technology for high-speed materials processing. The system includes unwind components to handle...

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CO2 slab laser delivers 6-kW cutting

October 3, 2014

Rofin offers the DC 060, a 6-kW CO2 slab laser. The laser operates with a few components and does not need conventional gas recirculation. Standby operation helps minimize energy consumption. The laser is provided with the Rofin Control Unit (RCU), which enables extended monitoring and control...

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Laser system designed for 3-D metal processing

October 1, 2014

Jenoptik’s Lasers & Material Processing division offers the JENOPTIK-VOTAN® BIM (beam in motion) robot-based laser machine for cutting and welding metals. The system features a laser robot arm in which the laser beam delivery is fully integrated. The laser beam is coupled in through the...

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Fiber laser system suitable for desktop use

September 23, 2014

Laser Photonics has introduced the LaserTower™ LG - Little Giant fiber laser system. It is equipped with a 20-W, Q-switched fiber laser (1,060 nm), FiberScan C3 LG™ (Rev2.1-2014) software, and a safety enclosure with a laser-rated protective viewing window. The compact design makes the...

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Femtosecond laser source minimizes postprocessing

September 23, 2014

Miyachi America Corp. has introduced its new Sigma Femtosecond laser tube cutting system. It is suitable for medical device applications, handling a variety of tube and stent diameters. The tube cutter is a femto-powered machine, based on laser source provider Jenoptik’s ultrashort-pulse disc...

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2-D processing head made for flatbed cutting systems up to 6 kW

September 9, 2014

Laser Mechanisms’ new FiberCUT™ 2-D processing head is designed for flatbed cutting systems up to 6 kW. Featuring automatic, programmable focus with 0.98 in. of travel, the processing head has a fully sealed, purged design that minimizes the chance of internal contamination. It includes two...

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