January 9, 2012
By: Tom Bailey
Although the solid-state laser is considered new in metal cutting processes, the first laser demonstration in a laboratory in 1960 was a solid-state laser. CO2 lasers turned out to be more practical for cutting metals, but solid-state lasers are making headway. Understanding laser equipment and the physics involved in generating a laser beam helps to explain the capability differences between CO2 and solid-state lasers.
The PTX Eco Smart is a multi-functional grinding and polishing system for flat surfaces and open or closed pipe constructions. Grind from coarse to very fine finishes, and burnish to a high-gloss finish. Work with stainless steel, steel and nonferrous metals (aluminum, brass, bronze and copper), wood, and rigid plastic.
Rising dollar doesn't diminish U.S. manufacturing might - by Dan Davis
A rising dollar could make it tougher for U.S. manufacturers to export goods, but the metal fabricating community shouldn't suffer too much. Overseas customers buy metal goods from U.S. manufacturers for a very good reason.
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