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Laser cutting heads for flatbed systems (2D)

Flatbed cutting or 2D cutting is the most widely used application in laser cutting. Standard machines are equipped with three axes: two positioning axes for traversing the desired cutting contour and a Z-axis for adjusting the distance between the workpiece and the cutting head. In addition to conventional CO2 lasers cutting systems, predominantly fiber-guided solid-state lasers (fiber lasers and disk lasers) are used as the beam source. 2D laser cutting systems process flat materials of various thicknesses made of steel, stainless steel, aluminum or non-ferrous metals with great dynamics and high cutting speeds. In particular, small and medium lot sizes are produced with superior cost-effectiveness and flexibility.

Precitec offers customized solutions for all requirements and machine concepts for laser cutting. This gives Precitec worldwide recognition as a leader in cutting heads, distance sensors and process monitoring.

Typical applications of laser cutting: 

Laser cutting of thin sheets, e.g. magnetic and dynamo sheets will reach cutting speeds of over 140m/ min and accelerations of up to 10g. Precitec cutting heads exceed these requirements clearly and convince by permanent stable operation.

Fusion cutting of stainless steel and aluminum up to a thickness of 50mm as well as flame cutting of mild steel up to a thickness of 50mm are possible to cut with laser powers of up to 15 kW. These metal thicknesses was previously reserved for plasma or oxy-fuel cutting. Precitec laser cutting heads fulfill all necessary requirements for this purpose - from performance stability through the focus adjustment range to integrated process monitoring and control.

Cutting mild steel with solid-state lasers

The solid-state laser achieves good cutting quality when fusion cutting a material gauge of 12 mm. Flame cutting of mild steel with larger material gauges is becoming more popular as well. The additional energy of the exothermal reaction of iron with oxygen makes it possible to separate greater material gauges. The ProCutter head machines up to 30 mm mild steel with good quality during industrial production.

ProCutter – the cutting head for every task
Dynamic cutting of dynamo sheet metal

The ProCutter shows its advantage with thin dynamo sheet metal or magnetic sheet metal: The head is resistant to high acceleration and jerk values and thus saves cycle time. The flexible machining of various forms and variable batch sized with high-productivity are the decisive advantages over conventional die cutting.

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