The quality fiber laser beam results in faster cutting speeds and higher quality cuts compared to other cutting solutions. The key advantage of a fiber laser is its short beam wavelength (1,064nm). The wavelength, which is ten times lower than that of a conventional C02 laser, generates high absorption into metals.
A fiber laser cutting machine is extremely useful in cutting sheet metal including carbon steel, stainless steel, copper, brass, aluminum and titanium. Fiber lasers excel in cutting reflective materials which CO2 lasers struggle with.
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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:
- Precise and repeatable high-quality cuts
- High-speed cutting
- Non-contact cutting – no degradation in cut quality
- Minimal maintenance – high tool availability
- Variety of lasers to cut non-metallic materials
- Scalable process from micro cutting stents up to shaping structural steel
- Easily automated for maximum productivity
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Fiber lasers were first produced in the 60s, but not until the late 80s before they hit the commercial market. The 1990s is regarded as the golden age of laser tech – as it gave way to many high-power lasers, like the solid-state lasers that vastly improved efficiency and productivity. By the early 2000s, laser cutting services were now a widely accepted manufacturing technique used by several industries, such as the automotive and aerospace industries.