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Paul Sesta (standing), SPM general manager, and Michael Grantham, CNC programmer, evaluating clearance considerations with the laser nozzle offline using the FastTrim software.

New Management, Processes Deliver Growth to SPM

October 9, 2020
Long-term customer contracts are a lofty goal for every contract manufacturer. At Shapes Precision Manufacturing (SPM), that goal is being achieved by a strong new management team using new fabricating processes initiated by a skilled workforce.
By Prima Power Laserdyne
An Amada laser system welds a 0.250" stainless steel pressure vessel heating tube.

Welding With Laser

September 24, 2020
As more original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and job shops “warm up” to the idea of laser welding, many have turned their attention to four specific technologies.
Geoff Giordano
By Geoff Giordano Contributing Editor, SME Media
The new Muratec LS3015HL is a hybrid combining a 6-kW ‘flying laser’ with punch and threading capabilities.

Fab Cutting Update: Laser and Waterjet

September 23, 2020
What doesn’t happen in Vegas stays in our magazine. So, we bring you some highlights of the exciting advances in cutting you would have seen at FABTECH 2020 this year in Las Vegas, which has been canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Ed Sinkora
By Ed Sinkora Contributing Editor, SME Media
Building a Future in Florida

Building a Future in Florida

September 22, 2020
Florida's advanced manufacturing industries are diverse and include sectors producing intermediate and finished products ranging from plastics and micro-electronics to tortillas and motor vehicles.
By Enterprise Florida Sponsored Content
Amada’s ENSIS RI platform can cut up to 1" (25.4-mm) plate.

Double-Duty Lasers

June 29, 2020
As laser manufacturing systems for sheet and tube grow more sophisticated—powerful, automated and scalable—navigating the wealth of choices might feel daunting.
Geoff Giordano
By Geoff Giordano Contributing Editor, SME Media
The LASERDYNE 795 with BeamDirector is ideally designed for fiber laser welding will filer wire. The System S94P controller ensures crash protection while providing optimal gas shielding and control of laser parameters.

High-Power Fiber Laser Welding With Filler Material

June 26, 2020
Fiber laser welding continues to grow as it improves in weld quality, reliability and performance. Many fiber laser welding applications are autogenous, where the weld is formed entirely by melting parts of the base metal and no additional filler wire or powder is used
Dr. Mohammed Naeem Senior Manager, Applications Engineering & Technology Development Prima Power Laserdyne
By Dr. Mohammed Naeem Senior Manager, Applications Engineering & Technology Development, Prima Power Laserdyne
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Expert Opinions

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    Laser Welding for Sheetmetal Fabricators

    April 18, 2017
    Although laser welding is a well-established manufacturing solution, many sheetmetal fabricators have been hesitant to implement the process at their shop.
    By Robin Stuhler - TruLaser Sales Engineer, Trumpf
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    Fiber Lasers Continue to Gain Market Share in Material Processing Applications

    February 1, 2016
    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.
    By Bill Shiner - Vice President Industrial Lasers, IPG Photonics
  • Geoff Shannon
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    Lasers Grow Manufacturing

    June 1, 2015
    Today, laser technology in manufacturing touches all of our lives on a daily basis; lasers cut air bag material and weld air bag detonators for our in-car safety; lasers weld the batteries in many of our mobile devices; lasers drill aero-engine components for planes; lasers cut the glass for our smart phones and tablets screens; lasers weld the drivetrains in our cars and trucks; lasers cut medical stents that increase and enhance our lives, just to name a few.
    By Geoff Shannon, PhD - Manager, Advanced Technology, Amada Miyachi America, Member Since 2009

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