A Technical and Commercial Comparison of Fiber Laser and CO2 Laser Cutting

By John Powell, Alexander Kaplan Since the advent of commercial fiber and disk laser cutting machines, there has been a lot of controversy about the performance of these devices – particularly in comparison to their more established CO2 counterparts. In the early days, the sales staff promoting fiber technology would often declare that the new […]

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Investigations in Remote Cutting of Carbon Fiber Composite Materials

By: Annett Klotzbach Fraunhofer IWS Carbon fiber reinforced polymers (CFRP) are increasingly applied in the aircraft industry as well as the automobile industry. The main reason is the highly mechanical load on one hand and the low density on the other hand. Moreover, the corrosion resistance plus the damping behavior of the material can fully […]

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CO2 Laser Cutting of Flexible Glass Substrates

By: Xinghua Li and Sean Garner Ultra-slim flexible glass substrates have many potential applications, spanning from photovoltaics to e-paper to touch sensors. Previously, these applications generally incorporated glass substrates in the thickness range of 0.3-1.0 mm and benefited from inherent glass properties including high optical transmission, low surface roughness, high thermal and dimensional stability, and […]

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A Study on Laser Cutting of Textiles

By: Dr. Nukman bin Yusoff Laser cutting technology is a non-conventional machining which being used widely in many industries. However, the application of this technology in textile industry is still new and yet to be explored. Indeed, nowadays many textile industries are preferred to cut the textile by using conventional way such as discs, band […]

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Fiber Laser Blanking of Coil Strips at Extreme-Speed Extreme-Power

By: Dr. Charles Caristan and Jay Finn Air Liquide Industrial US LP, Automatic Feed Company The blanking process consisting of cutting flat panels directly out of a metal coil is practiced in the automotive industry to the tune of 10 MM tons of steel coils processed each year for the North American market alone.  Up […]

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