The high-precision, high-speed and quality of laser cutting has made it the technology of choice for advanced manufacturing across countless industries.
With IPG fiber lasers, laser cutting has become a reliable and highly cost effective solution, resulting in increased adoption throughout the metal manufacturing world.
Benefits of fiber laser cutting include:
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Manufacturers have several metal cutting methods to choose from, each having their own benefits and advantages. Worldwide, more and more manufacturers are cutting with fiber lasers due to their increased uptime and throughput, lower operating costs and overall improved quality.
CO2 lasers provide smooth cutting edges for some thicker materials (>25 mm)
With recent breakthroughs, fiber lasers provide high quality cuts with thicker materials. Fiber lasers also cut thinner materials faster than CO2 and are superior in cutting reflective metals, which provides a much lower cost of ownership.
Plasma cutting equipment is among the cheapest alternatives to choose from in the market.
Fiber cutting has lower consumables cost. Cutting with fiber lasers improves cut precision, quality and production yield, providing superior parts at lower prices.
Waterjet cutting is effective for cutting extremely thick materials (>25 mm)
In all other cases, fiber lasers provide higher throughput, more consistent quality and decreased downtime compared to waterjets.
Electrical discharge machine cutting provides excellent accuracy and minimal heat damage to materials.
Fiber lasers offer comparable precision AND are up to 10x faster than EDM cutting – delivering much higher output and productivity.
The speed at which an IPG fiber laser cuts metal is higher than competing technologies. The 1 µm wavelength couples with higher efficiency than traditional lasers, and the excellent beam quality (focusability) of the IPG lasers provides greater energy density on the part, resulting in faster cutting.
Unlike other laser technologies, IPG fiber lasers are zero maintenance. There are no consumable gases and no optics to align, so no preventative maintenance downtime. Utilizing rigorously tested long lifetime laser diodes and an entirely solid-state architecture, IPG fiber lasers have the best warranty in the industry.
Unlike competing lasers that may have poor short-term stability and suffer from long-term power degradation, IPG fiber lasers provide continuous repeatable performance. With power stability typically better than 0.5% of setting over 1000 hours of operation, you get the same cutting performance on every part.
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