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Fiber Lasers Continue to Gain Market Share in Material Processing Applications

Bill Shiner, Vice President Industrial Lasers, IPG Photonics


The first kilowatt-class fiber laser for material processing was introduced by IPG Photonics in early 2002. Since that time, the adoption of fiber lasers for production applications has grown at a rapid rate. Today, fiber lasers are becoming the choice for most major production laser applications as well as converting traditional welding and cutting processes to fiber laser technologies. This is best evidenced by the double-digit year-over-year growth that IPG has experienced over the past several years. Full Article

Balancing Productivity and Predictability

Bill Malanche, Vice President, Mitsui Seiki USA


Many of us spend our days tweaking machine tool designs, cutting tools, components, devices and software to continually improve and evolve to a new sweet spot between predictability and productivity for our aerospace customers. When one aspect of the overall system evolves in a new direction, it impacts all the rest, nudging the other elements to come up to speed, and sometimes that means literally, which is where we are now: boosting the speed of the predictable processes in place. Full Article

LIFT Announces Titanium Project

LIFT press release


LIFT announced a project that will concentrate on titanium. Full Article

Puris 3D Prints Largest Titanium Part for Commercial Use

Puris LLC press release


Puris, LLC said it successfully 3D printed the largest, most complex titanium part for commercial use. Full Article

Process Holds Keys to Efficient Titanium Machining

Senior Editor Jim Lorincz


Demand for machining titanium for aerospace applications won’t abate any time soon. It is driving OEMs and the supply chain in the commercial airplane market to find ways to dramatically increase machining output. Whatever date you pick from now until 2030, there’s a sufficient backlog of commercial airliners for both structural and jet engine applications to keep spindles humming around the clock cutting titanium. Full Article

Family Fluids Business Changes with Times

Senior Editor Bill Koenig


Hangsterfer’s Laboratories faces the same challenges as other companies in the metalworking fluids industry. Environmental concern and regulatory demands have increased. Customer demands have intensified as manufacturers in industries such as aerospace use more difficult-to-machine metals such as titanium and Inconel. Today, metalworking fluids must “comply with the latest environmental regulations while providing the performance requirements for today’s demanding manufacturing needs,” said Edward Jones, COO and technical director at Hangsterfer’s. Full Article

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