Current state of the laser/punch combo in metal fabricating The FABRICATOR STAMPING Journal The Welder The Tube and Pipe Journal The FABRICATOR en Español The Additive Report The FABRICATOR The Welder The Tube and Pipe Journal STAMPING Journal The Additive Report The FABRICATOR en Español

A cut part really isn’t “finished” until the next operation, such as bending, can do something with it. Gettty Images The FABRICATOR and laser cutting grew up together. The publication’s laser coverage goes back to 1974. “LASER METAL CUTTING” read the May issue’s front-page headline over a grainy photo of a 500-watt CO₂ laser mounted onto an oxyfuel cutting table gantry. By today’s standards, the cutting head crawled, but back then it was a thing to behold. In the decades since, the laser has shaped the sheet metal fabrication business. In the 1980s and 1990s, just having a laser cutting machine was enough to set an operation apart. Next came automation, then lights-out automation, then the transition from the CO₂ to the fiber laser, then more sophisticated automation and autonomous cutting in which the machine learns and improves over time. The technological march forward continues unabated, with machine-makers manipulating the fiber laser beam to improve the cut edge and eliminate the need for deburring. The change comes so rapidly, it can leave your head spinning. So in this 50th year of The FABRICATOR, we’re diving deep and running a series on the cutting department. We’re t...

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This site is operated by a business or businesses owned by Informa PLC and all copyright resides with them. Informa PLC’s registered office is 5 Howick Place, London SW1P 1WG. Registered in England and Wales. Number 8860726. Trends such as climate and resource protection, but also increasing mobility, are spurring the development of alternative drive technologies, including electromobility. The core element of future mobility concepts is a powerful lithium-ion battery. It will be part of the powertrain but should also enable new forms of connectivity and autonomous driving. Resin supplier Covestro has many years of experience with encapsulating lithium-ion batteries for laptops and other electronic devices and has developed various polycarbonate blends for this purpose. Due to their favorable property profile, the materials are also well suited for manufacturing modules, housing parts, cell holders and crash absorbers for electric car batteries. They are lightweight yet robust and dimensionally stable and, depending on requirements, they also come equipped with a flame retardant. At booth number 369 at the Battery Show in Stuttgart, the company will present its current dev...