Learning about laser cutting and welding
- October 9, 2015
Ontario fabricators interested in laser technology attended a TRUMPF seminar on October 8 to learn about laser cutting and laser welding.
Approximately 20 fabricators attended the half-day event, which included in-class presentations about laser cutting and laser welding and live demonstrations of a 8 kW fiber laser cutting machine via a live link to TRUMPF's Farmington, CT, facility.
Stefan Fickenscher, managing director for TRUMPF Canada, says the live feed from TRUMPF's Farmington operation provided attendees with the opportunity to see the performance of an 8 kW fiber laser cutting machine, the TruLaser 5030. The demo showed the machine cutting a part using oxygen at 120 ipm cutting speeds, but Fickenscher says the machine is capabile of cutting with nitrogen too.
"The live broadcast was necessary because the fiber laser machine here in our shop is a 4 kW one with BrightLine technology. We wanted to show the performance of 8 kW and specifically to show the benefits of high power fiber laser cutting systems."
The presentations included information about solid state lasers and customer case studies of fabricators using 8 kW lasers and the impact on production, and information about laser welding, including end user examples.
Fickenscher says high power kw fiber lasers are advantageous because they're multi-purpose machines and can cut thin materials from 1 mm up to 10 mm using nitrogen and it gives fabricators a high speed advantage.