July 19, 2013
Tube and pipe producers have relied on GTAW and plasma for many decades, and CO2 lasers for more than a decade, but recently another choice has emerged: Fiber lasers. Relying on a solid fiber rather than a gas to generate the laser beam isn’t ideal for every material and wall thickness, but it will change the industry in a profound way.
Compared to conventional laser processing machines, the OPTIPLEX Fiber significantly increases the productivity of thin worksheet cutting with impressive accuracy and cuts up to 0.875” in CRS. The laser is designed to process reflective materials with greater thicknesses and at greater speeds than its CO2 counterpart.
From the Web 4.22.14 - by Vicki Bell
Highlights for fabricators from the past week’s Web articles—Tesla to build electric cars in China; sales for a certain gun accessory are booming; a fab shop and mega manufacturer are involved in a multimillion dollar venture; bike center expansion to make fab equipment available to more people; and British Columbia, Canada will need 2,000 new welders and fabricators over the next 10 years.
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