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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 - September / October 2018

Machine of the Month - September / October 2018
The Titan Express mid-size laser cutting machine from Laser Photonics Corp. combines a small footprint with the cut quality and performance of a full-size industrial laser cutter. The mid-size machine is equipped with a high-power, energy-efficient fiber laser and an advanced direct-drive motion control platform – making it good for cutting highly reflective materials such as stainless steel, Read full article >>

Sort it out

Sort it out
Advantages of using an ejector tool for small parts sorting by Katelin Maxwell, punch applications engineer, Trumpf Inc.       Processing of small laser cut parts on a punch laser machine can be problematic when it comes to parts removal. If the part is small enough, it can be pushed through the laser die and exit out of the machine via a scrap conveyor. This method of removal requires an Read full article >>

Tandem tasks

Tandem tasks
Collaborating before the design, cutting and bending processes leads to better results by Martino Barbon, marketing manager, Gasparini Industries       The needs of those who bend are different from those who design and from those who cut, but with a few simple steps, the various departments can collaborate to increase the efficiency of the entire shop.   More often than not, press brake Read full article >>

Machine of the month - Trumpf TruLaser Tube 5000

Machine of the month - Trumpf TruLaser Tube 5000
The TruLaser Tube 5000 fiber delivers on short processing times for a range of tubes and profiles. Delivering reduced part times, process reliability and full accessibility thanks to a an intelligent beam guard concept, the laser tube cutter is being billed as the fastest tube cutting machine in the world. Equipped with sophisticated yet easy-to-use controls, operators can swiftly produce parts Read full article >>

Meaningful mobility

Meaningful mobility
By manufacturing an all-terrain wheelchair, a Minnesota company helps the disabled better enjoy the great outdoors by Abbe Miller, editor-in-chief       As far back as the 3rd century B.C., humans have innovated ways for those with disabilities to be mobile using a “wheelchair.”   In 1595, the first known dedicated wheelchair was invented followed in 1655 by the first self-propelling Read full article >>

Curbing consumption

Curbing consumption
New technology provides laser cutting operations with increased speed and reduced gas consumption by Jimmy Myers, senior editor     Assist gas is essential in fiber laser cutting, and for more than one reason. Not only does it assist in removing the molten material (slag) in the kerf, the gas, be it inert or active, also provides additional energy to aid in the cutting process. Read full article >>

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 >>

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