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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Laser cutting system serves entry-level needs

October 3, 2013

Balliu MTC nv offers the RP, a cost-effective laser cutting machine for companies that switch from outsourcing to in-house production of laser-cut parts. The machine is designed for accuracy and flexibility more than high-volume production, the company reports. The standard machine has a fixed...

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High-speed laser controls help streamline system integration - TheFabricator.com

High-speed laser controls help streamline system integration

October 2, 2013

FANUC America Corp.'s CNC series 30i/31i-L model B high-speed laser controls employ Ethernet and Ethernet/IP™ field bus options and newly supported NCGuide simulation software. Integration of the controls and robots with cell controllers allows fabricators to manage operations across...

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YAG, fiber laser monitoring system requires no contact with beam - TheFabricator.com

YAG, fiber laser monitoring system requires no contact with beam

September 30, 2013

Ophir Photonics has introduced BeamWatch™, a noncontact focus-spot size and position monitor for high-power YAG and fiber lasers. Without contacting the laser beam, the system takes measurements every 60 ms, providing instant readings of focus-spot size and beam position, as well as...

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Fiber laser cutting system achieves 75 percent light conversion efficiency

September 26, 2013

Amada offers the FLCAJ series of fiber laser cutting systems. They employ the manufacturer's AJ2000 and AJ4000 oscillators (fiber engines), which require one-quarter the amount of energy consumed by a typical CO2 oscillator. They also require no laser gas, mirrors, or moving parts. The fiber laser...

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Patriot Automation CNC names Cony & Associates as distributor

September 26, 2013

Patriot Automation CNC Inc., Daphne, Ala., has authorized Cony & Associates of Waukesha, Wis., to promote and sell its full line of products in the upper Midwest. Patriot Automation offers XY-axis cutting tables; plasma marking, welding, and cutting systems; robotic and fixed GMAW systems;...

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High-energy picosecond pulses enable machining of thick materials - TheFabricator.com

High-energy picosecond pulses enable machining of thick materials

September 20, 2013

Coherent Inc. has expanded the Talisker HE series of ultrafast industrial lasers. Its high-energy pulses enable drilling, cutting, and scribing of thick materials. It is available with a choice of output options: 200-µJ pulse energy in the near-IR (1,064 nm), 120-µJ per pulse in the...

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TRUMPF to host Manufacturing Day tour

September 18, 2013

In celebration of national Manufacturing Day, Oct. 4, 2013, TRUMPF® Inc. will give visitors a firsthand view of manufacturing at its headquarters in Farmington, Conn. The company will provide a guided tour to highlight the process behind the production of its fabricating machinery, with a focus on...

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Nesting software updated for scribing, laser cutting

September 13, 2013

A new software update to Hypertherm's ProNest® CAD/CAM software is available for download at no charge to customers with a current ProNest subscription. Improvements to the software’s scribe text function allow users to add varied information to parts, such as heat number or customer ID. Users...

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Laser Institute of America releases new laser safety standard

September 11, 2013

The Laser Institute of America, Orlando, Fla., has unveiled the ANSI Z136.9 Safe Use of Lasers in Manufacturing Environments standard. The latest in the line of laser safety guidelines stemming from the parent ANSI Z136.1, the standard provides guidance for the safe use of lasers and laser systems...

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Solid-state laser retrospective: A decade of high brightness - TheFabricator.com

Solid-state laser retrospective: A decade of high brightness

September 5, 2013

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Because of inherent advantages, high-powered solid-state fiber and disk lasers now account for 20 to 25 percent of the industrial laser market. The laser’s exceptional beam quality, however, has presented some challenges in materials processing. Fortunately, proper head design can help deliver successful production results.

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Hi-Tek Mfg. adds fiber laser system - TheFabricator.com

Hi-Tek Mfg. adds fiber laser system

September 3, 2013

Hi-Tek Mfg., Mason, Ohio, has acquired a Laserdyne 795XL laser system from Prima Power Laserdyne, Champlin, Minn. Hi-Tek manufactures complex engineered components and assemblies for aircraft engines, airframes, and land-based industrial gas turbines. The new laser, which features a large work...

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Bystronic participates in Minnesota Fab and Steel Processing Expo - TheFabricator.com

Bystronic participates in Minnesota Fab and Steel Processing Expo

August 28, 2013

Bystronic Inc., an Elgin, Ill.-based supplier of laser cutting, waterjet cutting, and bending equipment participated in the Fab and Steel Processing Expo hosted by its dealer, Sominn Machinery Sales, in Dodge Center, Minn., in July. More than 230 people attended the multiday event at Sominn's...

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Patriot Automation names technical sales representatives

August 22, 2013

Patriot Automation CNC Inc., Daphne, Ala., has hired William (Bill) Ridge and Randall L. Ireland as technical sales representatives. Ridge will cover the Midwest territory. He has worked for several major corporations, including ITW, AMCO Products, Daihen Inc., Miller Electric/ITW, FANUC Robotics,...

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Patriot Automation CNC changes ownership

August 14, 2013

Patriot Automation CNC Inc., Daphne, Ala., has been purchased by Richard A. Morgan, also of Daphne. Morgan has served in executive roles for several major corporations over the last 34 years, many related to the welding and cutting industries. The company offers a variety of XY-axis cutting...

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Fiber laser cutting machine increases energy efficiency

August 13, 2013

JMTUSA has teamed up with Nukon to bring a fiber laser cutting machine to the Americas. The machine uses solid-state technology to create the laser beam, which then moves through a fiber-optic cable to the cutting head. According to the company, users can expect up to 70 percent energy savings...

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