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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.

Machine of the month - Tsugami SS207-5AX LaserSwiss

Machine of the month - Tsugami SS207-5AX LaserSwiss
The Tsugami SS207-5AX LaserSwiss combines Swiss-style machining with laser cutting and laser welding on one machine with a single operating platform. Since both laser heads are fully integrated into a 20-mm 7-axis CNC lathe, operators can program and run all laser operations from the machine’s 31i-B5 Fanuc control. Using the laser is as simple as programming an end mill.     Machine Read full article >>

From Nevada to Nairobi

From Nevada to Nairobi
How a Minden, Nev., job shop and owner apply manufacturing and financial resources to help those in need by Kip Hanson, senior editor       The Mathare Valley slum in Nairobi is a place beyond the imagination of those of us born in the developed world. Roughly 600,000 Kenyans live in an area measuring just a few square miles, many of them children whose parents have died of AIDS.   The Read full article >>

Laser landscape

Laser landscape
Laser-based materials processing: A manufacturing revolution 50 years in the making by Brian Victor, director of industrial applications, and Dahv Kliner, vice president of fiber laser technology, nLight Inc.     In many fabrication shops today, lasers churn out stacks of parts day after day. Despite being relatively recent additions to the fabricator’s toolbox, lasers have become the Read full article >>

We’ve got you covered

We’ve got you covered
Overcoming metal cutting challenges, part 3: Processing special coated metalsby Patrick Medlin, president, Advanced Technology Sales & Service   In this final installment of Shop Floor Laser’s three-part material cutting series, some of the questions surrounding how to properly process painted and coated metals are addressed. First, what are the challenges and risks associated with laser Read full article >>

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 >>

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