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How Laser Cutting Technology Changed the Shipbuilding Industry

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 In the 1990’s, the bridge building industry began using a 3kW gantry style CO2 laser cutting machine. By 1995, laser cutting machines were used in shipyards. Eventually, 6kW CO2 laser systems were used in various shipyards across the world. Laser cutting in shipyards has a typical process flow when it comes to marking the plate, followed by cutting the hull and internal structure, and lastly the ship-block construction.

Due to the popularity of laser cutting machines, the shipbuilding industry has reduced labor costs, and most especially the time it took on both small and large projects. Of all the equipment used in shipbuilding, CO2 laser cutting machines such as laser bevel cutting machine were proven to provide higher accuracies and more reduced time and costs in post-cutting processes. Read More

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4 Important Factors to Consider When Designing Parts for Laser Cutting

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Laser cutting has been a widely acknowledged fabricating technology for two decades now. With the oldest of the boomers nearing retirement, we will be having a new generation of metal fabricators who may not have the kind of training the former have had. For this and among many other reasons, it is important to go back to the basics.

The basics of parts design has to be revisited. We are talking about laser cutting, of course. The following design tips will help the new generation of fabricators enhance and speed up their skills to perform their jobs well. Read More