Composites Laser Cutting

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A new "TruLaser Cell 7040" laser processing center from TRUMPF has been available to IVW since 2020. It enables the processing of various composite materials with millimeter precision. The machine's beam source is a high-quality "TruFlow" laser with a maximum laser power of 5 KW.<br />The laser cell allows to cut composite materials of any shape quickly, precisely and efficiently and thus prepare them for a wide range of further processing. The machine itself works on the principle of flying optics, whereby the processing optics move around the stationary component. Processing can be carried out in 2D or 3D, with a maximum working range (2D) of 1500 to 2000 mm. A welding optic and a cutting optic are available as processing optics. The maximum simultaneous axis speed is 173 m/min. The positioning accuracy of the linear axes (X, Y, Z) is 0.08 mm and that of the rotary axes (B) is 0.015 °.

Application of cutting optics:
Pure plastics (PA, PMMA, PP, etc.), glass fiber and natural fiber organic sheet, glass fiber fabric.

Application of welding optics:
Carbon fiber organic sheet cutting, carbon fiber fabric cutting.

The laser is a "TruFlow" CO2 laser with a wavelength of 10.6 μm. The laser power can be adjusted depending on the application ensuring a clean cut edge. Thanks to the adjustable power bandwidth and the excellent laser beam properties, the CO2 laser can produce both fine and coarse cuts. A pilot laser is also available for workpiece positioning and for the teaching function.

Contacts

Dipl.-Ing. (FH)

Thorsten Becker

Laboratory Engineer Smart Composites & Nondestructive Testing

Spezielle Expertise: Extrusion, Folienextrusion, Compoundierung/Blends, Umformtechnik/Spritzguss; Mitglied im IHK-Prüfungsausschuss Ludwigshafen für "Verfahrensmechaniker Kunststoff und Kautschuk"