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Chapter 1-Overview of Laser-Cutting Applications (eChapter)

Author(s)/Editor(s): Charles L Caristan, PhD
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Published: 08/14/2003
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This book focuses on the most developed and successful laser-cutting applications for thin and thick flat sheet metals made from cold- and hot-roll mills and the shaped products of roll-forming, hydroforming, and stamping operations. Materials range from ferrous alloys like mild steel and stainless steel, to aluminum, brass, copper, titanium, and nickel alloys. The market is making the case that laser cutting is necessary to adapt to the highly flexible, environmentally friendly, lean manufacturing era. The purpose of cutting at an upstream stage is to produce a part with the configured contour geometry for a subsequent forming operation.