22 February 2013 Fiber laser performance in industrial applications
Author Affiliations +
Fiber lasers are competing with the traditional CO2 Laser, Plasma, Water Jet and Press Punch technology. This paper concentrates on the drivers behind the progress that ≤500W CW fiber lasers have made in the thin metal cutting and welding market. Thin metal cutting in this case is defined as below 4mm and the dominant technology has been the Press Punch for higher quality, large volume components and Plasma for lower quality, small quantities. Up until the fiber lasers were commercially available many machine manufacturers were deterred from incorporating lasers due to the technical barriers posed by the lasers available at that time. In particular fiber laser requires no maintenance does not necessitate a beam path to be aligned and kept free of contaminant so have encouraged many traditionally non-laser machine builders to integrate fiber sources into a variety of applications and push the performance envelope. All of the components to build a fibre laser cutting or welding system are now available “off-the shelf” which is even allowing end users to design and build their own systems directly in production environments.
© (2013) COPYRIGHT Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE). Downloading of the abstract is permitted for personal use only.
S. McCulloch, S. McCulloch, A. Hassey, A. Hassey, P. Harrison, P. Harrison, } "Fiber laser performance in industrial applications", Proc. SPIE 8603, High-Power Laser Materials Processing: Lasers, Beam Delivery, Diagnostics, and Applications II, 86030C (22 February 2013); doi: 10.1117/12.2004838; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2004838


Beam shaping of focused radiation of multimode lasers
Proceedings of SPIE (February 14 2018)
Why A Laser Cutting System A Comparison With More...
Proceedings of SPIE (September 29 1985)
Processing with kW fibre lasers: advantages and limits
Proceedings of SPIE (April 21 2009)
Current cutting technology of high-power CO2 laser
Proceedings of SPIE (March 02 2003)
Advantages of fibre lasers in 3D metal cutting and welding...
Proceedings of SPIE (February 06 2012)

Back to Top