Laser Cutting Systems

Cutting Corners: The Idea Behind Power Ramping

Although power ramping has proven to be highly beneficial, it is often underutilized on the shop floor because fabricators either do not understand its benefits or they just don’t know how to use it. By simply applying the given values and principles presented here, they will see a visible improvement in corner and radii cut quality.
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Laser Cutting Systems: Articles

Lasers Handle Cutting and Welding of Complex Parts

The Morgan 3 Wheeler car build in the Premier shop, which used AutoForm simulation to arrive at the 2D shape for each blank, which was then laser cut ready for forming. The shop produced 1,500 sets of bodywork panels at the high speed of laser cutting to keep costs down.
This shop welded the seam and cut 100 million holes in 12,100 torches – in six months. That's not all. Check out the automotive parts they're making.

Laser Marking 101

Laser marking a bevel gear. Lasers have a number of advantages over traditional inkjet printing, etching, mechanical engraving, and stamping. They can mark a wide array of materials, from ferrous and non-ferrous metals to organic materials such as thermoplastics and elastomers, with high marking quality and speeds, minimal effect on material, consistent results, and no tool wear. 
How do you choose the appropriate laser for your marking applications? Here are several factors that must be considered and how they impact the end results.

A High Fiber Diet

The Optiplex Fiber II 6 kW fiber laser cutting system from Mazak Optonics offers superior edge quality, more stable cut performance and greater throughput for processing stainless steel, copper, brass, bronze, aluminum, hastelloy, inconel, titanium, thin gage mild steel, and other exotic metals. There is no need for additional surface cleaning when painting mild steel cut with nitrogen. 
Fiber laser cutting systems are sweeping through metal fabrication shops because they are faster, more consistent, more cost effective, and more competitive.

What You Must Know About Single Mode Fiber Laser Markers

Figure 1.  Single mode and multi mode laser intensity and beam diameter. Single mode lasers have the best beam quality laser, with M2 values around 1.1-1.2.  Lasers with M2 values above this are considered multi mode (higher order). The fiber laser naturally produces a high quality beam, so on paper the differences may appear small, but they are huge in processing terms.
The single mode fiber laser marker has best-in-class beam quality that translates to fine marking capabilities plus effective micromachining for drilling, cutting, scribing, ablation for a variety of applications. 

Tower of Strength

A sheet changeover on the Compact Tower integrated material handling and storage tower system at MTI.
Automated handling dilutes sheet metal fabrication costs in this shop with lights-out running and quick changes between jobs.

 

Laser Cutting Systems: Industry News

TRUMPF Celebrates 20 Years in North American Laser Market

They also unveil their new TruPrint 1000 3D metal printing system at an open house event.

Electron Beam Engineering Expands Services

Uisng the RMI Laser Marker, Electron Beam Engineering can create detailed and accurate lines, numbers, logos, or any desired mark on products or parts for easy tracking and traceability. They can also serialize and coordinate the laser marking with any laser or electron beam welding being performed on the same components.
They now offer laser marking for etching and engraving into metals and ceramics.

NTC Laser Joins Komatsu America

This improves sales and service support for both companies, along with innovative new products to meet future customer needs.

 

Laser Cutting Systems: Products

Metal Forming & Fabricating Showcase

The compact TruMark Station 3000 from TRUMPF offers users a high degree of flexibility in marking that is ideal for shops with small or medium batch sizes that are looking to integrate the marking process into their production lines with a simple, safe and industrially robust workstation.
Here is some of the latest metal forming and fabrication equipment to help your shop become more competitive.

Simple Marking of Medical Devices

The compact TruMark Station 3000 from TRUMPF offers users a high degree of flexibility in marking that is ideal for shops with small or medium batch sizes that are looking to integrate the marking process into their production lines with a simple, safe and industrially robust workstation.
The simple, safe and robust TruMark Station 3000 workstation from TRUMPF is ideal for shops with small or medium batch sizes that want to integrate the marking process into their production lines.

Laser Cutting in Heavy Plate Fabrication

The large table capacity Impuls 6020 CO2 laser cutting system for heavy plate fabrication from LVD Strippit has an optional nozzle changer with storage for ten nozzles. The system cleans, selects and aligns the right nozzle for each job without human intervention to reduce downtime and piercing times and increase overall throughput on large table capacity laser systems. (view one)
The large table Impuls 6020 CO2 laser cutting system from LVD Strippit has an optional nozzle changer with storage for ten nozzles to reduce piercing times and increase overall throughput.