The use of a highly concentrated beam of light to generate enough heat to pierce and cut. Based on the principle of light amplification by stimulated emission of radiation, laser machines generate waves of light that are consistent in phase, frequency, and direction of travel; the light is described as being correlated, coherent, and collimated.
Although the metals industry initially relied on carbon dioxide (CO2) lasers, fiberoptic lasers began to gain ground in the middle of the 2000s decade.
From the Web: Steel making, fabricating have changed; mfg & politics; 3-D printing semi-solid metals - by Vicki Bell Highlights for fabricators from the past week’s Web articles— AISC VP sets the record straight about today’s steel production; what skills today’s factory workers need; manufacturing and politics, and developments in 3-D printing.
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