Brightline Fiber Laser First
Saturday, October 11th, 2014
Nottingham-based CNC profiling specialist, Lasershape, has installed a new TRUMPF TruLaser 5030 fiber CNC laser cutting centre with BrightLine technology and LiftMaster automated load/unload. The system is one of the first of its type in the UK.
TRUMPF BrightLine represents a breakthrough in solid state laser cutting. For the first time ever it is possible to achieve excellent quality when cutting thick sheets with a fiber laser (which conventionally is best suited to thin sheet). Using BrightLine, it is possible to change from thin to thick sheet processing on a single machine platform without any loss of quality. Up to 25 mm thick steel, stainless steel and aluminium can now be cut using a solid state laser with excellent edge quality.
“We already have two TRUMPF 5030 fiber machines with 3kW resonators and two TRUMPF CO2 models – the addition of the new machine with 5kW resonator and BrightLine fiber technology will create vital additional capacity,” says Lasershape director, Tim Leam. “Importantly, because it is capable of processing both thin and thick sheets, it will create extra capacity on both our existing fiber and CO2 machines.”
BrightLine is a technology that enables vast beam diameter adjustability, a capability that conventional fiber lasers have lacked. Larger beam diameters that provide wider kerfs are required to more effectively process thicker materials with greater stability. A wider kerf also makes it easier to remove parts from the material skeleton, while other advantages include the ability to cut smaller contours than ever, and the absence of spatter when piercing – even with the smallest of holes.
In the early months of 2014, the existing laser profiling machines at Lasershape were at full capacity despite the company operating 24 hours a day, seven days a week. As a consequence, the decision was taken to introduce a new machine, this time with automation.
Left, Tim Leam – Director of Lasershape with Scott Simpson – Managing Director of Trumpf GB