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.
New versions of BASF's Ecovio line are both compostable and designed for either injection molding or thermoforming. These combinations are becoming more common for the single-use bioplastics used in food service and food packaging applications, but are still not widely available.
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