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2D Laser Cutting | The Current Situation and Future Development of Laser Cutting Machine

Release Date : 09/30/2016 Views : 4110
As an advanced sheet metal processing technology, laser cutting has its significant advantages such as high efficiency, high accuracy, and high flexibility. It is widely used in the industrial machinery industry and attracts attention because of its growing numbers in the industry. With the continuous development over the past 50 years, laser cutting is now growing even more in its maturity. However, how will it develop in the future? What is the development trend?

The current situation of laser cutting machines:
To have some insight into the current situation of laser cutting machines, we will summarize and analyze the following aspects.  
 

Laser cutting achieved an epoch-making revolution
A laser light source revolution of laser cutting machines kicked off after Han’s Laser Smart Equipment Group pioneered the first high-power fiber laser cutting machine at the end of 2008. Eight years have passed, and now high-power CO2 laser cutting machine have fallen into severe decline. The epoch-making fiber laser cutting machine has secured its leading role by its ability to achieve higher cutting efficiency, lower operating cost, and more extensive cutting range. The world’s leading suppliers of laser machines must switch to the development and sales of fiber laser machines, and many manufacturers that only make fiber laser cutting machines have started to emerge both internationally and domestically. This laser light source technology revolution has brought tremendous benefit to end-users. In recent years more than 40% of the lasers manufactured in the world are used for cutting, which surpasses laser welding, laser marking, laser texturing, laser heat treatment and laser cladding. Ranked the first in industrial laser applications, showing laser cutting technology has a significant technical application status and indicates that laser cutting machines have a very eye-catching space for development. 



High, middle, and low power fiber laser cutting machine are developed hand in hand
Because CO2 laser cutting machines in all aspects are marginalized, so when we talk about laser cutting machines, we all talk about fiber laser cutting machines. In recent years, 300-1000W low-Power fiber lasers, 1000-3000W middle-power fiber lasers and 3000W and higher-power fiber lasers, are all going into rapid development in their area due to different cutting capabilities.
 

A significant improvement of the automation of laser cutting machine
Are laser cutting machines just sheet metal precision cutting equipment? Yes, but not always. In the first two decades of laser cutting machines, it was in the development process to maintain stability. After this process, the development direction of laser cutting machines has turned to specialized applications such as die board cutting, cloth cutting, tube cutting, 2D plate cutting, robotic 3D cutting, and 3D5Axis cutting. They are all standard products nowadays.
 
 It also developed in the area of automation. For the laser cutting machine, if equipped with the auxiliary units such as automatic loading, automatic unloading, automatic scrap recovery, and finished products automatic handling, it will effectively reduce the workload, workers required, standby duration and even achieve unattended operation, to improve the efficiency of the laser cutting machine. As an example, the FMS laser cutting automation system developed by Han’s Laser in 2010 (as shown below) is proof that laser cutting machines are developing towards the direction of achieving unattended automation.
 
All the well-known laser machine manufacturers in the world are devoting their efforts to automation and trying to grasp the faster cycle times compared to CO2 lasers; this also leads to application development of laser machines.
 
 

The future development of laser cutting machines
The laser light source is the core part of fiber laser cutting machine and is also an indicator of the cutting capability of a laser cutting machine. Undoubtedly, the future revolution of laser cutting machines will also occur in the laser light source. As mentioned above, the most significant technological revolution for the past 40 years was the fiber laser cutting machine that has replaced the position of CO2 laser cutting machine, thus brought an epoch-making economic benefit to the manufacturers and users in this field. Therefore, in the future, is it possible to have a new light source, which is cheaper, with better performance, better beam quality, and better wall-plug efficiency than fiber laser light source? The answer is of course yes. What is this laser? It is hard to give an accurate answer right now. The development of science is sometimes slow and sometimes very fast. Currently, we can only say that the development of semiconductor laser deserves close attention for the people in this industry.



High-power fiber laser becomes the main force in the market of laser cutting machine
Currently, fiber laser cutting machine is booming despite the power differences. However, what is the mainstream of laser power for laser cutting machine? Though laser cutting machines are useful at all power ranges, Han’s Laser Smart Equipment Group, who started from high-power fiber laser and triggered the global technological revolution of laser cutting machine put higher power, higher precision, and higher cutting capability as the main direction of development. In the 13th China International Machine Tool & Tools Exhibition CIMES2016, Han’s Laser Smart Equipment Group launched an 8000W fiber laser cutting machine, which pushed applicable high-power laser to its pinnacle. It was an unprecedented breakthrough in both cutting speed and thickness that attracted attention worldwide. Is this event containing the development trend for laser cutting machine? The answer deserves expectations of industrial experts, scholars and our users. Also, we can be sure that shortly, a plethora of the manufacturers of fiber laser cutting machines in the world will suffer a reshuffle in the fierce market competition, only the ones with excellent product quality, continuous investment in R&D, and master the core technology will grow and prosper.


The era of smart manufacturing is approaching
Either German industry 4.0 or China’s smart manufacturing symbolized that the 4th industrial revolution is coming stealthily. The automation of the laser cutting machine will tremendously improve the production ability of the sheet metal workshop and its automation. 

In the future, an era of laser cutting machine smart manufacturing is brewing in the fields such as network technology, communication technology, and computer software technology. It can be predicted that as a means of precision sheet metal cutting, it will surely become an essential part in the sheet metal workshop with unwinding machine, bending machine, CNC punching machine, welding (riveting) machine, shot blasting and painting equipment to form an integrated production plan, mission and assessment management by its own network communication capability. Therefore, manufacturers of laser cutting machine will gradually become a sheet metal processing contractor. Han’s Laser Smart Equipment Group, as the demonstration and pilot unit of 2015 smart manufacturing project by the MIIT, with its visions on the future development and its advantage of technologies, is dedicating to forge a sheet metal smart factory by its own capability of systematic technology integration together with strategic partners such as Hunan University and universities in Beijing to create a new era of production-academy-research.

 
As an advanced sheet metal processing technology, laser cutting has its significant advantages such as high efficiency, high accuracy, and high flexibility. It is widely used in the industrial machinery industry and attracts attention because of its growing numbers in the industry. With the continuous development over the past 50 years, laser cutting is now growing even more in its maturity. However, how will it develop in the future? What is the development trend?

The current situation of laser cutting machines:
To have some insight into the current situation of laser cutting machines, we will summarize and analyze the following aspects.  
 

Laser cutting achieved an epoch-making revolution
A laser light source revolution of laser cutting machines kicked off after Han’s Laser Smart Equipment Group pioneered the first high-power fiber laser cutting machine at the end of 2008. Eight years have passed, and now high-power CO2 laser cutting machine have fallen into severe decline. The epoch-making fiber laser cutting machine has secured its leading role by its ability to achieve higher cutting efficiency, lower operating cost, and more extensive cutting range. The world’s leading suppliers of laser machines must switch to the development and sales of fiber laser machines, and many manufacturers that only make fiber laser cutting machines have started to emerge both internationally and domestically. This laser light source technology revolution has brought tremendous benefit to end-users. In recent years more than 40% of the lasers manufactured in the world are used for cutting, which surpasses laser welding, laser marking, laser texturing, laser heat treatment and laser cladding. Ranked the first in industrial laser applications, showing laser cutting technology has a significant technical application status and indicates that laser cutting machines have a very eye-catching space for development. 



High, middle, and low power fiber laser cutting machine are developed hand in hand
Because CO2 laser cutting machines in all aspects are marginalized, so when we talk about laser cutting machines, we all talk about fiber laser cutting machines. In recent years, 300-1000W low-Power fiber lasers, 1000-3000W middle-power fiber lasers and 3000W and higher-power fiber lasers, are all going into rapid development in their area due to different cutting capabilities.
 

A significant improvement of the automation of laser cutting machine 
Are laser cutting machines just sheet metal precision cutting equipment? Yes, but not always. In the first two decades of laser cutting machines, it was in the development process to maintain stability. After this process, the development direction of laser cutting machines has turned to specialized applications such as die board cutting, cloth cutting, tube cutting, 2D plate cutting, robotic 3D cutting, and 3D5Axis cutting. They are all standard products nowadays.
 
 It also developed in the area of automation. For the laser cutting machine, if equipped with the auxiliary units such as automatic loading, automatic unloading, automatic scrap recovery, and finished products automatic handling, it will effectively reduce the workload, workers required, standby duration and even achieve unattended operation, to improve the efficiency of the laser cutting machine. As an example, the FMS laser cutting automation system developed by Han’s Laser in 2010 (as shown below) is proof that laser cutting machines are developing towards the direction of achieving unattended automation.
 
All the well-known laser machine manufacturers in the world are devoting their efforts to automation and trying to grasp the faster cycle times compared to CO2 lasers; this also leads to application development of laser machines.
 
 

The future development of laser cutting machines
The laser light source is the core part of fiber laser cutting machine and is also an indicator of the cutting capability of a laser cutting machine. Undoubtedly, the future revolution of laser cutting machines will also occur in the laser light source. As mentioned above, the most significant technological revolution for the past 40 years was the fiber laser cutting machine that has replaced the position of CO2 laser cutting machine, thus brought an epoch-making economic benefit to the manufacturers and users in this field. Therefore, in the future, is it possible to have a new light source, which is cheaper, with better performance, better beam quality, and better wall-plug efficiency than fiber laser light source? The answer is of course yes. What is this laser? It is hard to give an accurate answer right now. The development of science is sometimes slow and sometimes very fast. Currently, we can only say that the development of semiconductor laser deserves close attention for the people in this industry.



High-power fiber laser becomes the main force in the market of laser cutting machine
Currently, fiber laser cutting machine is booming despite the power differences. However, what is the mainstream of laser power for laser cutting machine? Though laser cutting machines are useful at all power ranges, Han’s Laser Smart Equipment Group, who started from high-power fiber laser and triggered the global technological revolution of laser cutting machine put higher power, higher precision, and higher cutting capability as the main direction of development. In the 13th China International Machine Tool & Tools Exhibition CIMES2016, Han’s Laser Smart Equipment Group launched an 8000W fiber laser cutting machine, which pushed applicable high-power laser to its pinnacle. It was an unprecedented breakthrough in both cutting speed and thickness that attracted attention worldwide. Is this event containing the development trend for laser cutting machine? The answer deserves expectations of industrial experts, scholars and our users. Also, we can be sure that shortly, a plethora of the manufacturers of fiber laser cutting machines in the world will suffer a reshuffle in the fierce market competition, only the ones with excellent product quality, continuous investment in R&D, and master the core technology will grow and prosper.

 


The era of smart manufacturing is approaching
Either German industry 4.0 or China’s smart manufacturing symbolized that the 4th industrial revolution is coming stealthily. The automation of the laser cutting machine will tremendously improve the production ability of the sheet metal workshop and its automation. 

In the future, an era of laser cutting machine smart manufacturing is brewing in the fields such as network technology, communication technology, and computer software technology. It can be predicted that as a means of precision sheet metal cutting, it will surely become an essential part in the sheet metal workshop with unwinding machine, bending machine, CNC punching machine, welding (riveting) machine, shot blasting and painting equipment to form an integrated production plan, mission and assessment management by its own network communication capability. Therefore, manufacturers of laser cutting machine will gradually become a sheet metal processing contractor. Han’s Laser Smart Equipment Group, as the demonstration and pilot unit of 2015 smart manufacturing project by the MIIT, with its visions on the future development and its advantage of technologies, is dedicating to forge a sheet metal smart factory by its own capability of systematic technology integration together with strategic partners such as Hunan University and universities in Beijing to create a new era of production-academy-research.

 
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