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Zoom in

Zoom in
For the flexibility to cut varying material types in a range of thicknesses, zoom focus is a fiber laser technology must by Stefan Colle, laser product sales manager, LVD Strippit with editorial assistance and images provided by II-VI Highyag     The market for metal laser cutting equipment continues to be dominated by fiber laser as the technology becomes increasingly more capable and Read full article >>

Polishing pro

Polishing pro
United Lens Co. adds a new spherical polishing machine to expand its capabilities by Susan Woods, managing editor       Since 1916, 100 years to be exact, United Lens Co. has served the optics industry. Beginning with a foundation in molded ophthalmic blanks, such as for eyeglasses, the company grew into a manufacturer of thin film-coated, polished and precision-machined optics for a variety Read full article >>

The shield is up

The shield is up
Understanding how debris shields can extend the life of high-power laser optics by Susan Woods, managing editor     Throughout industry, high-power laser systems are used for cutting sheet metal among other industrial applications. These systems’ sensitive optical components are prone to damage from the errant debris created during operation. As the laser beam size increases, so too does Read full article >>

Measure to Maximize

Measure to Maximize
New laser measurement technologies focus on high-power laser processesby John McCauley, product specialist, Ophir-Spiricon   Mankind has been processing materials since the dawn of time. Using a laser to aid in the manufacturing of products, however, is a relatively new development. Today’s high-power lasers are used for cutting, welding, drilling, marking, ablating and several other Read full article >>

Focusing on the Facts

Focusing on the Facts
Optics are essential in both CO2 and fiber laser systems, but the characteristics for each are inherently different by Dr. Ashot Gyulamiryan, senior scientist at RMI; Steve Hahn, RMI CEO; and Rachel Pagliarini, marketing & sales contact     Since Albert Einstein established the theoretical foundation for lasers, they have gained increasing relevance in our everyday lives, being used in vital Read full article >>

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