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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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 | By Dan Davis

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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Multiaxis laser cutting machine includes rotary indexing table

April 28, 2015

TRUMPF has released the second-generation TruLaser Cell 8030, a multiaxis machine designed for laser cutting of hot-stamped 3-D components. The modular machine features a highly dynamic rotational changer and new rotary indexing table, which features up to three workstations. The areas for...

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Bystronic names regional sales manager for Southeast

April 16, 2015

Bystronic Inc., a provider of laser cutting systems, waterjet cutting systems, press brakes, and system software based in Elgin, Ill., has appointed Brian Schwartz to regional sales manager for the Southeast U.S. region encompassing Georgia, Florida, Tennessee, Alabama, Mississippi, and Arkansas....

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SPI acquires JK Lasers

April 15, 2015

SPI Lasers, a member of the TRUMPF Group, has acquired Rugby, U.K.-based JK Lasers, a manufacturer of fiber lasers for industrial use and former member of the GSI Group. JK Lasers has more than 40 years’ experience in laser development. Its core competence is in fiber lasers with outputs from...

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Bystronic names sales manager for southern and Midwestern regions

April 9, 2015

Elgin, Ill.-based Bystronic Inc., a provider of laser cutting, waterjet cutting, and press brake systems and system software, has appointed Chad Jackson as regional sales manager for the southern and Midwestern U.S. regions encompassing northwest Arkansas, Colorado, southern Illinois, southern...

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Reaping rewards with precision laser cutting

April 8, 2015 | By Eric Lundin

In 1973 full-time farmer Mike Van Mill tried his hand at building a grain wagon for a neighboring farmer, and he has been at it full-time since incorporating Brent Industries a few years later. Now the operations manager for Unverferth Mfg., Shell Rock, Iowa, Van Mill is part of a team that manufactures implements under the Brent brand name. The staff runs the facility like a savvy farmer runs a farm, always looking for a better way but proceeding cautiously. A sheet laser purchased in the early 2000s led to a tube laser purchased in 2014.

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