Cincinnati Inc.'s CL-900
series fiber laser cutting systems combines fiber laser technology with the
company's 12,000 ipm linear-motor axis drives to create an easy-to-use laser
cutting system available for sheet metal processing. The solid state fiber
laser cuts maintenance costs associated with conventional CO2 lasers by
eliminating laser gas, internal optics, glassware, blowers and vacuum pumps.
Fiber lasers deliver the beam via a flexible glass fiber; eliminating the
external mirrors, bellows and beam purge gas needed with CO2 lasers.
According to Cincinnati
Inc., fiber lasers concentrate more energy into the cutting spot, allowing more
agile, higher-quality cutting at higher efficiencies; making fiber lasers
useful for high-volume cutting of intricate shapes and part designs.
CL-900 series laser
cutting systems are available with bed sizes of 5 x 10 ft and 6 x 12 ft. The
PC-based HMI control comes with Cincinnati's Programming and Nesting Software
and is available with a web cam for monitoring of the cutting process.
The company says it anticipates high-definition video for home security and other uses will be the next mature technology integrated into the IoT domain, hence the introduction of its MatrixCam devkit.
Siemens and Georgia Institute of Technology are partnering to address limitations in the current additive manufacturing design-to-production chain in an applied research project as part of the federally backed America Makes program.
Most of the new 3D printers and 3D printing technologies in this crop are breaking some boundaries, whether it's build volume-per-dollar ratios, multimaterials printing techniques, or new materials types.
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