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Laser Scanners Demand Attention as Technology Improves

October 7, 2019
Metrology-grade laser scanners are expanding their range of applications. New users are finding the main attractions of laser scanners—speed and ease of use. What prevented more widespread use in the past were laser scanners’ perceived tradeoffs. Using one usually meant sacrificing accuracy or working with noisy data.
Bruce Morey
By Bruce Morey Senior Technical Editor, SME Media

Adapting Metal Cutting to Higher Power, Higher-Speed Lasers

October 25, 2019
Using lasers to cut metal, especially sheet metal or tubes, continues to show its value. The market is becoming dominated by the newer solid-state fiber laser over its CO2 gas rival. Fiber’s advantages in ease of operation, packaging and efficiency are clear.
Bruce Morey
By Bruce Morey Senior Technical Editor, SME Media

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New System Improves Fiber Laser Welding of Aerospace and Defense Assemblies

October 30, 2019
Fiber laser welding is all about control of the process, according to Kurt Magedanz, laser process engineer at Ace Precision Machining Corp., Oconomowoc, Wis. With its new Laserdyne 430 systems, Ace Precision has made huge strides with weld quality while reducing operator intervention in the process.
By Prima Power Laserdyne & Ace Precision Machining Corp.

Traditional Versus Laser Welding

October 28, 2019
With much faster processing speeds and higher quality, you might think laser welding would quickly take over the field. But traditional welding hangs on. And depending on who you ask and what applications you consider, it may never go away.
Ed Sinkora
By Ed Sinkora Contributing Editor, SME Media

Adapting Metal Cutting to Higher Power, Higher-Speed Lasers

October 25, 2019
Using lasers to cut metal, especially sheet metal or tubes, continues to show its value. The market is becoming dominated by the newer solid-state fiber laser over its CO2 gas rival. Fiber’s advantages in ease of operation, packaging and efficiency are clear.
Bruce Morey
By Bruce Morey Senior Technical Editor, SME Media
Metrology-grade laser scanners are expanding their range of applications.

Laser Scanners Demand Attention as Technology Improves

October 7, 2019
Metrology-grade laser scanners are expanding their range of applications. New users are finding the main attractions of laser scanners—speed and ease of use. What prevented more widespread use in the past were laser scanners’ perceived tradeoffs. Using one usually meant sacrificing accuracy or working with noisy data.
Bruce Morey
By Bruce Morey Senior Technical Editor, SME Media
GF Machining Demonstrates New Technology, New Applications

GF Machining Demonstrates New Technology, New Applications

July 26, 2019
Necessity, as the saying goes, is the mother of invention, and this symbiotic relationship between need and solution was on full display at a recent two-day, two-location event hosted by GF Machining Solutions.
Alan Rooks
By Alan Rooks Editor in Chief, Manufacturing Engineering
By Larry Adams Contributing Writer, SME Media
Wes Wheeler

Pulsed Laser Deposition for 3D Printed Parts Repair

June 30, 2019
Laser welding is a superior technology for repairing defects in tooling, plastic injection molds, stamping dies, blow molds, turbine blades, and nearly any tooling component made of stainless steel, aluminum, copper alloy, cast iron, and all tool steels.
Wes Wheeler
By Wes Wheeler Sales Manager, Alpha Laser US
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  • Laser welding
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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
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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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