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Cutting system
The feature-enhanced Orion 3015PLUS laser cutting system from Strippit/LVD (Akron, NY; provides automatic focal positioning, greater process control functionality, and optimal automatic load/unload system in addition to all the standard features found on the Orion. It accommodates sheet sizes up to 1500 x 3000 mm. The system design comprises a highly rigid, high-precision rack-and-pinion drive system that delivers precise motion and position control. The rigid framework enables the system to maintain high processing speeds without loss of cut quality.

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Automatic NC Focus uses an AC servo motor to automatically adjust to the optimum focal position for the material being processed. Focal positions for a variety of materials are automatically determined by the machine’s on-board technology tables and automatically set using the NC Focus system. A built-in capacitive height sensor automatically maintains a constant distance between the head and the plate, compensating for unevenness in the material. A high-pressure cutting head produces clean cuts and is equipped with a safety system that protects the head from collision with the workpiece. Process Control automatically senses piercing times and detects and controls plasma when cutting stainless steel and aluminum.

Fast coding

The 60W IDT K-1060 SHS CO2 laser coding system from ID Technology division of Pro Mach (Loveland. OH; prints two lines of text at production rates up to 16,000 units per minute. The system uses digital circuitry to control the mirrors, freeing the laser to mark at high-speed production rates required for the beverage, medical, and automotive industries. It can mark in dot matrix or vector character format, and it also is available in a 30W model.

Laser mirrors

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CO2 laser mirrors from Laser Research Optics (Providence, RI; www. are available for lasers ranging from 25 W to several kilowatts and are optimized for 10.6 µm @45˚ AOI. They are offered in silicon for general use, with enhanced copper or DMBR coatings; uncoated molybdenum for harsh environments; and copper with gold coatings for high-power applications.

Picosecond UV laser

Newport Corp.’s Spectra-Physics Lasers Division (Irvine, CA; has unveiled Pantera, a diode-pumped solid-state laser that uses a fiber amplifier platform to deliver 12 W of stabilized UV power at a wavelength of 355 nm. The laser provides picosecond laser pulses at a repetition rate of 80 MHz, and offers TEM00 mode quality. The product is intended for a variety of OEM applications, including solar cell, flat panel display, printed circuit board, and semiconductor manufacturing.

Fiber-coupled laser

New from Lumics (Berlin, Germany;, the LU09xxC120 is available at 915 nm, 940 nm, and 975 nm wavelengths. It features up to 120W optical output power from 200/220 µm multimode fiber. An optional visible red pilot beam and a SMA 905 connector are available. The diode laser system is water cooled with a required flow rate of 3 l/min. The cooling water can be simple tap water without any special treatment.

3D laser machine

New to the North American market from TRUMPF (Farmington, CT;, the TruLaser Cell Series 7000 offers flexibility for many different areas of application. The X-axis travel of the TruLaser Cell 7020 is 79 inches. The Y-axis is designed as a cantilever with a working range of 59 inches. It supports a very narrow, compact, and fast Z-axis with a 30-inch working range. The X-axis travel of the TruLaser Cell 7040 is 158 inches. The Y-axis is designed as a cantilever with a working range of 59 inches. The Z-axis design is the same as the 7020. Two rotational axes give these machines 3D flexibility.

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