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16 July 1986 Multiaxis Contouring Systems for Laser Cutting and Welding
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Laser processing has become increasingly competitive with conventional methods for cutting and welding three-dimensional metal and non-metal parts. Major productivity increases have been reported by the growing numher of users of industrial multiaxis carbon dioxide (CO2) laser systems. For example, in replacing conventional machining, laser cutting has increased throughput in trimming a deep drawn gas turbine engine component from 18 pieces per day to 18 pieces in 30 minutes. For another, laser cutting has replaced hand methods for cutting intersecting tubing used in aerospace applications. With the hand method, one assembly was produced every 1 1/2 hours. With laser cutting, the rate has been increased to one assembly every minute.
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Terry L. VanderWert "Multiaxis Contouring Systems for Laser Cutting and Welding", Proc. SPIE 0610, Scientific and Engineering Applications of Commercial Laser Devices, (16 July 1986);


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