Fiber laser has material manufacturer walking on air

Can a machine tool acquisition change the way a 50-year-old shop approaches production? When it’s a fiber laser system that reduces processing time more than 90 percent—cutting with air-assist gas at a fraction of the cost of nitrogen—the answer is clear. “The new fiber laser is a game-changer,” says Stuart Rumple, production manager at Doyle Equipment Manufacturing (Doyle; Quincy, IL). “This was a technology leap for our company, and it’s the best thing we’ve ever done to increase productivity. It has changed the way we think about how we manufacture.” Doyle replaced two older 1500 and 3000W CO2 lasers with a Cincinnati Inc. CL-940 fiber laser, and immediately reduced processing time from 64 hours to four on components for the company’s dry bulk material handling equipment. This fiber laser cutter has also cut operating costs and helped the company stay current on manufacturing techniques that lead to higher productivity. “Our results from operating the fiber laser with air assist have made us much more open to new ideas, equipment, and techniques,” Rumple says. “Now, we focus on processing the right material wit...

3D Printing Industry first took a look at Canadian 3D printing company, AON3D in 2015. At

3D Printing Industry first took a look at Canadian 3D printing company, AON3D in 2015. At the time they were raising funds for a successful Kickstarter. With a few years under their belts plus the validation of commercial success the company is now back on our radar. With their AON-M 3D printer, the company is specifically targeting users who want to create quality industrial prints but without the need to use a specialized bureau or own an expensive industrial machine. With the ability to print advanced materials such as PEEK. AON-M bridges the gap between desktop FDM machines and industrial models such as the Stratasys’ Fortus. The use of materials such as PEEK and ULTEM, is something we expect to be a big trend for this year. Particularly with more affordable machines being capable to print advanced materials such as the AON-M. We asked some users of the AON-M 3D printer about how they see the possibilities. Matt Howlett of 3D printing filament suppliers 3DXTech said, The future of 3D printing lies with advanced materials and the possibilities they enable. AON3D lets me print with engineering grade thermoplastics such as carbon-fiber reinforced PEEK at an order of magnitude l...