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 machines deliver complex, repetitive cuts - TheFabricator.com

Laser cutting machines deliver complex, repetitive cuts

May 14, 2013

Kern Lasers offers large-format laser cutting and engraving equipment. The laser cutting machines deliver complex cuts, repetitive cuts, and prototype parts from mild steel, stainless steel, and aluminum. Users can nest or group parts in CAD software and then cut full sheet stock. Metal cutting...

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Multimode fiber lasers feature plug-and-play capability

May 8, 2013

SPI Lasers, a wholly owned subsidiary of the TRUMPF Group, has introduced a line of high-power, multikilowatt fiber lasers for the industrial macro materials processing market. The products extend the redPower CW fiber lasers from 1 kW to 3 kW. The K1 1000 is available as a high-beam-quality,...

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Focusing on downtime reduction in laser cutting - TheFabricator.com

Focusing on downtime reduction in laser cutting

April 30, 2013

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If a laser cutting machine is not cutting, it has no chance of making money for the shop. Downtime related to maintenance is understandable. Downtime related to the slow process of attending to laser optics is frustrating. Automation, however, can help keep that laser cutting machine running, even when it's cutting different material thicknesses.

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Innovative Tool purchases 5-axis laser

April 25, 2013

Innovative Tool, Fraser, Mich., has installed its first 5-axis laser cutting center. The company provides manufacturing services and products for the prototype and short-run production industries....

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Large-volume multiaxis laser system guarantees volumetric accuracy - TheFabricator.com

Large-volume multiaxis laser system guarantees volumetric accuracy

April 24, 2013

Prima Power Laserdyne has introduced the Laserdyne 795 XLZ. The system has a 72-in. extended Z axis, 80-in. X axis, 40-in.Y axis, and the latest BeamDirector3 (BD3) rotary-tilt laser beam positioning head. The laser is designed to drill, cut, and weld medium- to large-volume 3-D parts with a...

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Dual-beam design gives gantry cutting machine strength, narrow footprint

April 23, 2013

Messer Cutting Systems has introduced the TMC4500 DB heavy-duty gantry cutting machine. Its dual box-beam construction is supported by 10-ft. end trucks for stability and to support the company's largest cutting tools for precision beveling and straight plasma cutting, laser cutting, oxyfuel...

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Laser cutting machine developed to operate autonomously - TheFabricator.com

Laser cutting machine developed to operate autonomously

April 18, 2013

Bystronic Inc. will introduce the new ByAutonom 3015 laser cutting machine to the North American market during its Open House in June. In combination with an automation system such as the ByTrans, ByTower, or ByCell, the machine can be operated lightly attended. Features such as an automatic...

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Lighter, thinner, stronger

April 12, 2013

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Tie Down Engineering and its contract fabrication division, Industrial Laser Solutions, has made significant machinery investments in recent years, including a several solid-state fiber and disk lasers as well as a press brake with automatic bend angle correction. Driving the investment is the shop's increased use of thinner but lighter high-strength steel.

TRUMPF's Laser Technology Center names West Coast regional sales manager - TheFabricator.com

TRUMPF's Laser Technology Center names West Coast regional sales manager

April 9, 2013

TRUMPF Inc.'s Laser Technology Center, Plymouth, Mich., has added Gene Bonacum to its sales team as West Coast regional sales manager, promoting sales of the company's lasers and laser systems in Washington, Oregon, California, Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming. Bonacum has more than 20 years of...

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2-D laser cutting machine available with dual heads - TheFabricator.com

2-D laser cutting machine available with dual heads

April 8, 2013

Kern Lasers offers several models of laser equipment that are intended for 2-D laser cutting. The HSE laser system features an updated X-axis gantry and communications system. The turnkey machines are sold with a chilling unit, a vacuum system, a computer, a monitor, and all the software needed...

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Fiber laser helps job shop cut thick metals - TheFabricator.com

Fiber laser helps job shop cut thick metals

April 8, 2013

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After selling his metal fabricating business in 2006, Jim Lee is back in the game with North Topeka Fabrication. But even in the short time that he was gone, metal fabricating technology has advanced and forced him to ask how the shop could apply new technology to grow the business. That led the company to invest in a fiber laser cutting machine, and the decision has thrown the shop into the thick of new business opportunities.

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Automatic nozzle functions help decrease assist gas consumption - TheFabricator.com

Automatic nozzle functions help decrease assist gas consumption

April 4, 2013

Bystronic offers the BySpeed Pro and BySprint Pro laser cutting machines. The systems’ automated nozzle functions help ensure the correct nozzle size is selected for each material type and thickness, which the company says decreases assist gas consumption while increasing productivity and...

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Touchscreen user interface added to laser cutting systems - TheFabricator.com

Touchscreen user interface added to laser cutting systems

April 3, 2013

LVD Strippit now offers its Touch-L 19-in. touchscreen GUI on its Sirius series of CO2 laser cutting systems. According to the company, the GUI allows routine and complex applications to be completed with minimal operator input. The large screen features intuitive graphical icons and visual...

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2012 industrial laser systems market trends sideways

March 28, 2013

The global market for laser systems for materials processing accounted for $10.2 billion in 2012, up by a marginal 1 percent versus the previous year, according to Optech Consulting, Taegerwilen, Switzerland. Market growth varied strongly by geographic region. The North American market grew...

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Fiber laser system designed for small-tube processing - TheFabricator.com

Fiber laser system designed for small-tube processing

March 19, 2013

BLM Group has introduced the Lasertube LT5, an entry-level, automated laser tube cutter designed to handle small and medium-sized tubes. Equipped with a 1-kW IPG fiber laser, the unit can process mild steel, as well as highly reflective materials such as aluminum, copper, and brass. The machine...

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