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Metal Processing Usher In New Opportunities For Growth
Jan 23, 2018

Today, a wide range of laser technology applications, especially in the metal industry, in the "flexible manufacturing" approach has been vigorously promoted today, the metal parts industry is mass production more flexible to small quantities and diversified mode of production transformation and upgrading, Laser technology can quickly adapt to a variety of materials, a variety of shapes and sizes, especially for flexible processing, will play a central role in this change. At the same time, based on the laser's high precision, high speed, high flexibility and other characteristics, the combination of automation and laser system is the trend of the times. Under the general trend of Industry 4.0, these combinations will become more and more closely. Especially in recent years, the automated cutting and welding products continue to develop at a high speed and the fields of application are more and more widely used.copper polish custom cnc machining parts manufacturer


The metal industry can be described as one of the most important laser processing applications market, the Chinese sheet metal market competition has now gradually shifted to high-quality, high-tech content of the competition. Sheet metal processing industry in order to comply with the development trend of the international market, the transformation of processing technology is imperative. Laser processing technologies and processes, including laser cutting, laser welding, laser marking and laser additive manufacturing, will be increasingly used in the processing of metal products and materials.

In recent years, laser cutting has become an ideal solution for the sheet metal cutting industry with its advantages of high efficiency, high energy density, non-contact machining and flexibility, as well as its advantages in accuracy, speed and efficiency. As a precision machining method, laser cutting can process almost all materials, including 2D or 3D cutting of thin metal sheets. In the field of sheet metal cutting, from the micron-scale thin plate to tens of millimeters thick plate, can be highly efficient cutting. It can be said that laser cutting in the sheet metal processing industry set off an important process revolution.Zinc alloy sand blast CNC milling part manufacturer


It is reported that the laser cutting machine market in 2016-2020 compound annual growth rate will reach 8.91%. High-power laser cutting machines can process a wide range of materials with a high degree of precision, whether steel, aluminum or plastic. Its versatility gives manufacturers the flexibility to cut materials and create products and components with complex geometries.

Laser cutting equipment always takes the lion's share of metalworking: whether it is precision cutting of thermoformed sheets or shaped parts with complex designs and dimensions, such as bodywork and carriages. Today's traditional cutting machines are being replaced by increasingly sophisticated laser beam cutting machines with high beam quality and automation.

In addition, the number of laser cutting machines used in the sheet-metal processing market has basically doubled in 2016 due to advances in technology and cost due to the integration of domestic fiber laser, control system, processing head and laser cutting machine. These advances have also accelerated the conversion of traditional production processes, mainly punches and shears, to laser processing.

According to another report, in 2016, the global high-power laser processing category accounted for more than 47% of the total revenue of all industrial lasers. Metal cutting is a growth driver for high-power laser processing revenue, particularly for sheet metal cutting. In 2016, more than 7,000 laser systems and lasers were sold, accounting for more than 76% of total revenue. The growth of a large number of high-power fiber lasers used for sheet metal cutting in this category is evident as the sales of fiber lasers continue to dominate as the 30% increase in CO2 sales. Fiber laser revenue accounts for nearly 50% of all high-power laser processing segments.Titanium brush CNC milling product manufacturer


At the same time, high power and high brightness direct semiconductor lasers are gaining an increasing market share as more integrators are developing and introducing laser systems for brazing, welding and cutting applications. For example, in the second half of 2016, Mazak has developed the OPTIPLEX 3015 DDL, a 4kW laser cutting machine that revolutionizes laser cutting. The device uses a new generation of laser generators that use direct semiconductor laser technology (DDL) for sheet metal cutting. In addition to the major breakthroughs in the speed of cutting sheets, DDL has even outperformed the quality of CO2 laser products in plate-cutting applications. In the processing of thick plate material, the surface quality of the workpiece and the edge quality of the equipment is better than the fiber laser cutting.

 


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