Laser cutting MetalTech Report – elevating fabrication

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Faster cutting speeds
The BySprint Fiber 3015 is a high power fiber laser cutting machine based on the BySprint Pro platform and the concept ByVention Fiber laser machine. 


Equipped with a 2 kW fiber 2000 fiber laser, the machine is powerful enough to cut steel, stainless steel, aluminum, and non-ferrous metals, such as copper and brass, with high process reliability and precision. It offers unparalleled performance with thin metal sheets that range up to .160-in. in thickness, and the laser source provides power to process sheet materials as thick as .500-in. The specially designed cutting head has a focal length of 150 mm, enabling it to cut both thin and thick material with optimum performance.

LVD Strippit
Hybrid design for better control
LVD Strippit’s Orion 3015 Plus CO2 laser cutting system provides cost efficient processing of a range of materials in sheet sizes up to 60 in. x 120 in. (1,524 mm x 3,048 mm).  

The hybrid-style design is comprised of a rigid, high precision rack-and-pinion drive system that delivers precise motion and position control. The rigid framework allows the laser system to maintain high processing speeds without loss of cut quality. A simple beam delivery system ensures easy alignment and a stable beam path. 

The machine is equipped with automatic NC Focus, which uses an AC servo motor to automatically adjust to the optimum focal position for the material being processed. A built-in capacitive height sensor automatically maintains a constant distance between the head and the plate, compensating for any unevenness in the material. The laser cutting head accommodates a 5 in. or 7.5 in. quick-change lens.      


1 and 2 kW fiber lasers
Hypertherm’s two new HyIntensity fiber laser systems—the two kW HFL020 and the one kW HFL010, join a 1.5 kW system unveiled in 2010 as the first fully-integrated fiber laser systems designed for cutting applications, including marking and fine-feature cutting. 

It offers high performance on a range of applications and consistent cut quality across a number of material types including brass and copper and thicknesses up to 16 mm (5/8 in.) on mild steel. It features higher cut speeds, lower operating costs, and higher productivity than a CO2 laser or plasma on material thicknesses below 6 mm (1/4 in.)

Mazak Optonics
Better productivity on thin sheet metal
Mazak Optonics Corp.’s new OptiPlex 3015 Fiber increases the productivity of thin worksheet cutting significantly when compared to conventional laser processing machines, claims the company. 

The fiber laser machine processes reflective materials, such as copper, brass, aluminum and exotic aerospace materials, with greater speeds and thicknesses than its CO2 counterpart. The speeds are considerably faster on carbon steels less than 4 mm thick.  

With rapid traverse rates of 4,724 ipm, the rugged construction of the 3015 Fiber provides better productivity, reliability, and greater part throughput.

The new Mazak Preview 2 CNC Control features a user-friendly 15 in. touch-screen control. 

1.4 times greater productivity
MC Machinery Systems Inc. has introduced what it says is its most productive and efficient 2D laser machine yet. Replacing former LVP series, eX is the fifth generation in a line of powerful 2D Mitsubishi lasers. The machine delivers low running costs and eco-friendly features for power and gas consumption, and stable operation for up to 1.4 times greater productivity.

The eco mode cuts running costs by up to 90 per cent during standby. Carbon dioxide emissions are reduced by around 30 per cent compared to competitor machines, claims the company. The machine’s new compact design provides a small footprint without reducing table size. Standard on the eX is its magnetic head, which protects from catastrophic crashes and allows for easy recovery. 

Mitsubishi’s patented three-axis, cross-flow resonator design delivers the highest cutting power per watt available. Mitsubishi’s simplified resonator design eliminates the need for expensive quartz tubes and turbine blower systems, optimizes cutting power and requires two to five times less maintenance than other laser equipment on the market.  

Open structure design
Platino by Prima Power is a flexible and reliable laser cutting machine designed and developed for the needs of the sheet metal processing industry. The integration of the high brilliance fiber laser with the Platino is a further technological advancement by Prima Power.

The fiber laser machine is available for sheet sizes 1,500 x 3,000 mm, with laser power ranging from 2,000 W up to 3,000 W and is suitable for a wide range of applications.

The machine features a unique design using a synthetic granite frame for thermal stability and vibration damping, and a SIPS (Safe Impact Protection System) for the protection of the machine head against collision with fixtures or workpieces. Speed and accuracy are independent from the workpiece weight, and the strokes of the linear axes are: X=3,050 mm, Y=1,600 mm, Z=150 mm. The linear axes’ combined speed is 140 m/min and acceleration is 1.2 g for a single axis.

Rotary motor-driven head positioner
Not a converted CO2 laser, the L5 is the first laser designed for fiber optic technology and the only one to incorporate the patented, rotary motor driven Compass head positioner for unmatched speed, accuracy, reliability, energy conservation and performance, claims the company. 

Salvagnini says it was the first to develop and market a laser using both a fiber optic resonator and fiber optic beam transmission to achieve superior results vis à vis CO2 lasers. Costs per part are slashed by more than 50 per cent. Energy consumption is reduced by more than 70 per cent. Running costs are only one-third that of a 4kW CO2 laser with chiller. There is virtually zero maintenance.  

The L5 accepts a variety of configurations for feeding blanks, picking up and stacking finished parts and unloading skeletons. The new all-electric pallet changer is designed with the processed piece always passing beneath the work table, eliminating any risk of cut parts or scrap falling onto the incoming blank. The L5 laser cutter is equipped with a user-friendly numerical control–the Salvagnini SiX–with automatic sheet handling, easy to use programming tools and nesting software.

Manufacturing flexibility is always crucial. Salvagnini’s secret is a combination of versatile machines and proprietary software. Unloading and stacking of individual parts can be accomplished automatically, and part production costs are routinely calculated from production lists.

Rapid processing
The TruLaser 3040 is part of TRUMPF’s flexible TruLaser Series 3000 product family. The single cutting head strategy and optional nozzle changer with nozzle centering increases the productivity of the laser by minimizing unproductive downtime. The linear drive enhances the speed and dynamics of the machine and provides for simultaneous axis speeds of 5512 in/min (140 m/min).

Modular automation options provide added flexibility. The pallet changer can be configured in the traditional, vertical format or in a perpendicular position, making the best use of space available on the shop floor and allowing the operator to view the entire process from the control panel. RotoLas, the optional rotary axes for tube processing, further increase the capacity of the laser cutting machine.

The TruLaser 3040 combines innovative technology and high laser power up to 6000 W for optimized operation. The result is rapid and reliable processing when cutting sheet thicknesses up to 1 in. (25.4 mm).

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