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In our laser cutting category you'll find information on 2-D and 3-D laser cutting machines, laser optics, cutting gases, laser resonators, automated material handling systems and laser maintenance.

Fab phobia

Fab phobia
Overcoming metal cutting challenges, part 2: Don’t fear the exotics – there’s money to be made by Patrick Medlin, president, Advanced Technology Sales & Service       It shouldn’t come as much of a surprise that most fabricators focus on chasing jobs for sheet metal, plate and aluminum. And to be fair, most stay busy enough to pay the bills and make a pretty decent living as a result. But Read full article >>

Matters of material

Matters of material
Overcoming metal cutting challenges, part 1: Steel and aluminum by Patrick Medlin, president, Advanced Technology Sales & Service       In today’s cutting and fabricating environment, flexibility is paramount when it comes to finding success. Customer requests come in all shapes and sizes, testing fabricators’ mettle on a daily basis. Fortunately, today’s machines are equipped to handle a Read full article >>

Get off the bottle

Get off the bottle
Tired of paying your monthly gas bills? DIY nitrogen might be the answer by Kip Hanson, senior editor       Are you using nitrogen gas for your laser cutting operations? If not, should you be? The answer is clear: it depends. If you’re getting adequate edge quality with compressed air, keep on blasting. If you’re cutting 1/2-in.-thick aluminum on your CO2 laser, an oxygen assist might be Read full article >>

Machine of the Month - IPG Photonics’ LaserCube Fiber Laser Cutting Tool

Machine of the Month - IPG Photonics’ LaserCube Fiber Laser Cutting Tool
IPG Photonics’ LaserCube flat bed cutter is optimized for cutting small parts with its innovative cutting head technology and available laser power – from 500 W to 4 kW, allowing customers to choose the cutting capacity they need. The fiber laser uses high-force linear motors built on a granite stage, delivering on the stability and acceleration fabricators and manufacturers require for Read full article >>

Crash course

Crash course
Avoiding laser cutting head crashes by Robert Farrell, president, Farrell MarCom Services LLC     Laser cutting machines represent a serious investment for any fabricator. As a result, unexpected downtime can have a deafening impact on production and, ultimately, the bottom line. To learn how to avoid the dreaded sound of silence, Tony Barnett, technical manager for Lantek Systems Inc., Read full article >>

Perfect assist

Perfect assist
Laser cutting assist gases: Is compressed air the right choice? by Robert Farrell, owner and president, Farrell MarCom LLC       Nearly all fabricators are familiar with assist gases. Although nitrogen and oxygen are the most popular of these gases, it’s important to mention that compressed air is gaining in popularity.      So how does a fabricator know what assist gas is the best Read full article >>

Cut and punch

Cut and punch
Pacific Northwest fabricator takes a big step forward with a laser/punch system from Prima Power by Kip Hanson, senior editor     Dan Aronson, president of P&A Metal Fab Inc., is no stranger to cool machinery. A pair of million-dollar tube lasers, robotic welding cells, automated press brakes and bending systems are just a few of the high-tech pieces of metalworking equipment that have Read full article >>

Order the combo

Order the combo
A plasma and fiber laser combination cutting machine offers a multitude of advantages by Susan Woods, managing editor       A laser/plasma combination machine allows fabricators to take advantage of both cutting processes to achieve fine features in thin sheet metal and effective cuts on thick plate. The plasma and fiber laser technologies share a cutting table, gantry system, motion Read full article >>

Quality edge

Quality edge
New technologies achieve superior laser cutting edge quality, eliminating secondary operations by Susan Woods, managing editor       Today’s lasers can cut sheet metal, even thick plate, and achieve high-quality edges, meaning secondary deburring operations are not required. “Laser cutting has replaced many punching and plasma operations because of that far superior edge quality,” says Read full article >>

Laser greenhorns

Laser greenhorns
First-time laser users talk about their experiences with the advanced cutting technology by Jimmy Myers, senior editor         The latest advancements in manufacturing technology are appealing, perhaps even awe-inspiring. But, those new technologies haven’t always ushered in the efficient, cost-effective solutions that early adopters expected.   That was the case with laser technology Read full article >>

Ergonomically speaking

Ergonomically speaking
A workplace furniture manufacturer invests in fiber technology and enhances customer service, giving its employees new-found comfort by Kaylee Swearingen, marketing specialist, Mazak Optonics Corp.     Ergonomics in the workplace has become a major trend over the past several years. With the goal of providing comfort and avoiding stress or injury, it’s no wonder that employers are investing Read full article >>

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