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The Benefits of Laser Cutting

Prestige SM Director

The idea of design for manufacturing (DFM) isn’t really new. For decades, manufacturers have sought to make the manufacturing process easier and more efficient by verifying that a design can actually be manufactured early on in the development process, saving time and money, and speeding up time to market for new products while also ensuring optimum productivity.

Most DFM efforts have focused on simplicity; that is, attempting to reduce the complexity of designs to prevent complications in the manufacturing process. As a general rule, the more complex a design, the more difficult it is to manufacture — and with difficulty, comes costs. However, the development of new technologies such as laser cutting have made the manufacturing of more complex products easier. Rather than simplifying the products themselves, laser cutters have simplified the process of manufacturing products simpler, thus allowing for greater complexity in less time — and increased innovation.

The Benefits of Laser Cutting in General

In general, laser cutting does offer some substantial benefits to the manufacturing process. For starters, laser cutters can be customized to cut nearly any material of any thickness to exact specifications. It’s fast, accurate, and can be quickly and easily adjusted to meet the changing needs of the market or a specific product. It’s also a cleaner process than most cutting options, as it requires little to no secondary cleanup.

Of course, there are some drawbacks, as it does use more power than other types of cutters and does require more training to do properly, as poorly adjusted lasers can burn materials or fail to cut them cleanly. And while laser cutting does typically cost more than other types of processes, such as wet cutting, the benefits often far outweigh those costs.

In terms of design for manufacturing, laser-cutting technology can have a beneficial effect on any product. Cost and quality are two major influences on the marketability of any product, and laser cutting allows for high-quality components at a lower cost overall, therefore making it possible to offer a more affordable, better quality product. Laser cutting also allows more flexibility in the manufacturing process. A laser operates with a heat intensity that is several times hotter than the sun, making it possible to cleanly and accurately cut virtually any material, from the strongest alloy all the way down to the thinnest polymers. This flexibility contributes to design for manufacturing process, as engineers aren’t limited in the scope of materials they can use. Rather than having to choose materials based only on their cost or availability, manufacturers can choose the exact materials that are best for the job.

Laser cutting also allows for more creativity in product development processes. Lasers aren’t bound by geometry, so parts do not have to conform to the capabilities of the laser cutter. Because the laser itself never actually touches the part being cut, materials can be oriented in any fashion, which allows them to be cut in any shape or form. In many cases, the precision cuts made by the lasers require little to no post-cut processing, which also speeds up the manufacturing process.

A Few Considerations

While laser cutting is a useful tool when it comes to design for manufacturing, there are a few things that engineers need to consider.

The first is the possibility of over-engineering. Often, an engineer who understands the capabilities of a laser cutter will design parts or products with exceptionally tight tolerances. While there are times when a 5/1000th of an inch tolerance is necessary, often a 1/16th of an inch tolerance is adequate. The tighter tolerance will increase the cost and production time of a product, and potentially lead to waste.

Choosing the right materials is another consideration. Again, just because a laser can cut a material doesn’t mean that material is right for a particular project. Designing for manufacturability means ensuring that the design can actually be brought to life. Choosing the right materials can mean the difference between a design that can be manufactured and one that cannot.

Laser cutting is just one technology that is beneficial to the design for manufacturing process. However, it’s become a vitally important one, and has helped many products reach market more quickly and with less cost.

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Growing demand drives global laser cutting machine market

Prestige SM Director

Analysts forecast the global laser cutting machine market to grow at a CAGR of close to 9% from 2016-2020.

London – Technavio’s newest research study covers the present scenario and growth prospects of the global laser cutting machine market for 2016-2020. To calculate the market size, the report considers the revenue generated from sales of laser cutting machines.

Technavio heavy industry analysts highlight the following three factors that are contributing to the growth of the global laser cutting machine market:

  • Need for automation
  • Growing demand from end-user industries
  • Increasing need to develop superior-quality products
  • Need for automation

Companies are increasingly resorting to automation as a way of meeting the anticipated quality standards that have been necessitated due to globalization.

Investments in the global process automation market are increasing and projected to touch $120 billion by 2019, a growth rate of more than 6%. The growth is specifically related to sectors such as technology, software, hardware, services, and the communication protocol used in automation.

According to Anju Ajaykumar, a lead analyst at Technavio for engineering tools, “Many companies implement process automation to enhance their productivity and increase profit margins. The use of automation in ports is a recent trend in the market. For example, the automation of Rotterdam port has resulted in effective management of the largest port in Europe. Other ports have also adopted automation with the aim of controlling their losses and regulating resources.”

Growing demand from end-user industries
Industrial outputs that had taken a hit in many countries following the global economic recession of 2008 are showing signs of a slow recovery. Industrial sectors in which automation is employed on a full scale such as medical devicesautomotiveaerospace and defense, electrical and electronics, industrial machinery, and renewable energy are showing signs of positive growth, which is reflected in the stabilized manufacturing purchasing managers’ indices (PMIs).

Growing air traffic is spurring the commercial aviation sector to higher growth. The global aerospace market is expected to reach $352.5 billion by 2023. In this industry, the commercial aerospace sector is projected to show a robust CAGR of 8% during the forecast period. The commercial aerospace sector is driven by factors such as increasing aircraft size, high replacement rate, technological advances, and growing number of high net worth individuals (HNI).

Similarly, with the global automotive industry in a better condition now than it was five years ago, this sector is being driven by the rising demand for vehicles in emerging economies such as India, Indonesia, and Brazil. But due to the economic instability in the US and more recently in China, the sector may take some more time to recover its profit margins to pre-crisis levels. It is expected that profit margins will grow by almost 50% by the end of the forecast period.

Increasing need to develop superior-quality products
The manufacturing scenario is different from what it used to be even a decade ago. With advances in technology and innovation, it is possible to produce parts quickly, efficiently, and at lower costs. “One such advanced technology is laser cutting that uses advanced equipment and machines to produce parts at record speeds in industrial manufacturing while simultaneously saving on costs,” says Anju.

Despite the deployment of several high-quality machining centers and other such machines, the use of the right cutting tools for machining components is a prime factor that determines the quality of the products manufactured.

With the use of laser cutting, it is possible to cut a variety of materials including metallic, non-metallic, and synthetic materials of varying thickness. During the process, a laser beam is used to cut the material precisely. Depending on the particular material, lasers can be produced through vaporization, thermal stress cracking, melt and blow, cold cutting, or other methods. It is also possible to manipulate the laser with a multitude of reflective surfaces. Precision is the most important quality offered by the lasers. A laser cut part is more accurate, and has smoother edges. Since there is less operator involvement in laser cutting, the possibilities of human error are also less. Another economic advantage of laser cutting is the less time required for the process compared to conventional cutting.

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Laser Cutting Machine Market 2018 Global Perspective

Prestige SM Director

Laser Cutting Machine Market Research 2018 is a report recently published by Fior Markets that examines the situation in major sections of the Laser Cutting Machine market. Our report explains how companies acquisition expenditures, business strategies, marketing and sales strategies, practices, and business plan are set to change in 2017-2018. Extensive primary and secondary research has been used to attentively prepare this report.

This report begins with a brief overview of the Global Laser Cutting Machine market and then moves on to evaluate the key trends of the market. It offers in-depth analysis of the market size (revenue), market share, major market segments, and different geographic regions, key market players, premium industry trends, and forecast for the next five years. It also focuses on key drivers, restraints, opportunities, threats and challenges in the Laser Cutting Machine market.

Key segments and the sub-segments that constitute the market are described in the report. Players in the Laser Cutting Machine market are competing against each other in order to increase their product/service offering for attracting more consumers. The report explores the trends that will impact the growth of the emerging regional sectors in the Laser Cutting Machine market. The objective of report is to define, segment, and project the market on the basis of product type, application, and region. Comprehensive evaluation of the key companies along with their strategic benefits such as innovation, cost, and consumer satisfaction have been covered in the study report on the Laser Cutting Machine market. In addition to the access of the views and strategies of business decision makers and rivals, the report also examines their actions surrounding business priorities.

The worldwide market for Laser Cutting Machine is expected to grow at a CAGR of roughly 9.7% over the next five years, will reach 5880 million US$ in 2023, from 3360 million US$ in 2017.

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Low Power Laser Cutting Machine Market Report, History and Forecast 2013-2025

Prestige SM Director

This report studies the Low Power Laser Cutting Machine market size (value and volume) by players, regions, product types and end industries, history data 2013-2017 and forecast data 2018-2025; This report also studies the global market competition landscape, market drivers and trends, opportunities and challenges, risks and entry barriers, sales channels, distributors and Porter’s Five Forces Analysis.

Laser cutting machine extensively used to cut various materials such as wood, steel, gemstones such as diamonds, silicon, reflective metals, titanium etc.

Asia Pacific is the largest market for global laser cutting machine market in terms of market revenue share.

The global Low Power Laser Cutting Machine market was xx million US$ in 2017 and is expected to xx million US$ by the end of 2025, growing at a CAGR of xx% between 2018 and 2025.

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Putting productivity to the fore

Prestige SM Director

Yamazaki Mazak is set to showcase 13 productivity-enhancing solutions from its global portfolio of machine tool and laser-cutting machines, as part of a MACH stand dedicated to maximising efficiency for machine users across all areas of the UK’s manufacturing landscape.

With key sectors such as oil and gas making a resurgence in 2017, coupled with the ongoing buoyancy of automotive manufacturing and the fast-paced nature of the UK’s thriving medical devices market, Mazak will bring a stand fully-focused on showcasing its broad range of sector-specific metalcutting solutions that can enable manufacturers of all sizes and stages of the supply chain to drive productivity and cut downtime.

Productivity will be at the heart of its MACH 2018 stand, and Mazak will also use the platform to showcase its suite of Industry 4.0 solutions, which were first unveiled at EMO. The Mazak iSMART Factory works in partnership with Smooth Technology – claimed to be the world’s fastest CNC – to improve overall equipment effectiveness and facilitate data driven manufacturing via the seamless connection of the factory and office networks; the essence of Industry 4.0 in its purest and most accessible form.

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A Holistic View of Laser Machining

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At the JEC World Composite Show in Paris in March 2018, the Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology ILT will be focusing on the latest trends and innovations in laser machining of composites. Among other things, researchers at the booth shared with the Aachen Center for Integrative Lightweight Production (AZL) will demonstrate how lasers can be used for joining, structuring, cutting and drilling composite materials.

No other industry has attracted as much public attention to composite materials as the automotive industry, which along with the aerospace industry is a driver of innovation and growth. In other industries too, composites are now becoming increasingly important. Yet users all face the same issue: the problem of finding suitable processing methods for their products.

Lasers change the whole process chain

Suitable for applications such as welding, cutting, ablation, drilling and thermoplastic tape laying, etc., this is where lasers come in. This puts lasers in competition with classical processes. Dr.-Ing. Alexander Olowinsky, Group Manager Micro Joining at Fraunhofer ILT, Aachen, says: “When it comes to cutting and drilling, mechanical techniques such as milling, sawing or water-jet cutting are typically employed. For joining materials, adhesive bonding is the preferred method.”

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