20 Years Later, and Still “Wowed”

Using the new machine and its accompanying software, with full part simulation and collision detection, Ed Farley, Lasercraft’s “shop-floor guru” and laser expert, has marveled at its performance, according to Claycomb. From the first complex cutting run of 10,000 parts for inclusion in new Hemi automotive engines, to a half-dozen prototypes for an appliance customer, Farley “was amazed, actually shocked, at all of the productivity benefits,” Claycomb says, “including the rapid output of part information and fast programming capability. Ed has been a key part of our success, as has our team of 14 employees.

 “It all began 20 years ago,” Claycomb continues, “with Lasercraft cutting tubing and reflectors for the lighting industry. Soon metal stampers came to us with stamped parts with hole requirements they couldn’t handle, requiring five-axis processing and with short turnaround times. Just last week, a customer came to us on a Friday morning with prototype parts needing hole placement. Using our new machine, we processed and delivered the parts that afternoon.”

In addition to five-axis laser cutting, Lasercraft designs, builds and operates automated machining processes for some customers. So it’s no surprise that the company has plans to automate its new laser-cutting machine with material load/unload equipment.

“The machine design complements automation, with easy access from the front and both sides,” says Claycomb. “It’s really helped make our laser operations more efficient and productive at a time when our customers and the marketplace demand it.” MF

Article provided by Prima Power Laserdyne; www.primapowerlaserdyne.com.

Industry-Related Terms: Gauge, Laser Welding, LASER, Model, Prototype, Run, Spatter, Stainless Steel, Stroke, Surface
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See also: Prima Power Laserdyne, LLC

Technologies: Cutting


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