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Laser Cutting – Line Cutter Projects to Cut Metal + Perforating Sheet Metal with Laser Beam + Steel

Laser Cutting – Line Cutter Projects
One of the things I think sets laser cutting apart from some of the other alternative methods to cut metal is one the flexibility, with the laser cutter you can put a flat sheet of steel up there and cut any number of geometries. Where if you go to a stamping outfit or a […]

Order Processing Speed – Manufacturing Order Process for Laser Cutting Sales + Overhead + Rate

Order Processing Speed
A couple of things they can do to make sure it’s processed quickly is, one, make sure if they have a print, everything is legible on it, the tolerances are laid out of what they are expected to have. Know what the materials are, if they have a CAD file that we can use so that we […]

Trumpf Laser Cutting -Trumpf 3030 -Trumpf 2530 -Trumpf 1030 Fiber laser

Trumpf Laser Cutting
Trumpf is a global company that makes hand tools as well big pieces of equipment like PCI has. There are OEM4 Lasers and for most of our press breaks, they also get into various other robotic welding type cells and things of that nature but all of which doesn’t really apply to PCI.
Trumpf 3030
The Trumpf machine that […]

Press Brake – Machine Tool Programming Operation Clamp for Bending + Tooling + Forming + Punch + Die

Press Brake – Machine Tool Programming
Press Brake
Press brake is a machine tool that will take your material, you clamp it between a punch and a die and it will form your material into which ever specific angle you need. The Trumpf press brakes we have range from model C120, also a Trumpf V130, then we have the Trumpfs 5085 […]

Laser Cutting + Metal Bending and Welding File Preparation

Laser Cutting
Preferred File Formats
The preferred formats that we like to have from customers would be anything of a CAD base, whether it be a DXF file, DWG file, IGES files, even 3D models in Solid Works or Inventor files.  IPT files we can use, we can even do STEP files which is more of a universal file for a […]

Welding Basics – Welding Tips and Tricks – MIG + WIG + Arc + Robotic Welding 101

Welding Basics – Welding Tips and Tricks
Welding Basics
Welding is a process that uses electric to bring a particular diameter electrode to its kindling point and join 2 metallic pieces of metal together. Each type of material from steel to stainless to aluminium all have different melting points.  Typically on a GMAW Mig-welding Arc you can reach temperatures of 10,000 […]

Laser Cutting – Metal, Steel, Titanium, Thicknesses and Tolerances With a Laser Cutter

Laser Cutting – Metal, Steel, Titanium
Process of Cutting Metal
The process of cutting metal at PCI goes pretty simply actually for somebody who has never seen it done before, but you end up just taking a standard material which for us it’s very stiff types of metal, put it onto a C&C controlled machine which is our lasers, that machine […]

How Laser Cutting Works – Materials – Speed – CO2 and Fiber Optic Laser Cutters

How Laser Cutting Works
Laser Cutting
Just laser cutting is having gas, mixtures of gases excited enough electronically, that emits a light beam that basically just cuts the material, it evaporates the material. To the best of my abilities laser cutting is generated by a power supply that creates a laser beam which is, basically like Neil said, light mixed with […]

Manufacturing Optimization for Quick Response Laser Cutting, Bending and Welding

Manufacturing Optimization
Production Process
A couple of things that can get the product to the customer quickly would be a couple of things. One would be a first article inspection verses a first piece check if you will. A first article will require a full blown process check on every critical dimension that there is on the part. So it would […]

Laser Cutting and Manufacturing Preparation Best Practice

Laser Cutting and Manufacturing
Customer Options
There are a couple of different options a customer can bring in. They can bring a hard print that is basically the drawing of a part that they want for us to produce verses a DXF file. Which is an electronic drawing that we can use within our processes to unfold or make a flat […]