26 February 2009

ES Technology develop a compact precision profiler for thin sheet metal

When we hear the term - Laser Profiling and Cutting of Sheet Metal – we immediately think of very expensive, large gantry systems aimed at processing thick metal components and offering only modest precision.

The medical device industry however, requires smaller more compact components to be produced with high degrees of accuracy. ES Technology Limited has designed a compact, high precision and competitively priced system which fulfils the requirements for the production of a broad range of medical device components.

ES –CUT150 - designed for medical component production
ES Technology’s new ES-CUT150 system has been designed around the wide range of metals typically used in the production of medical device components including Stainless Steels, Titanium, Aluminium, Gold, Silver and Brass. Capable of cutting material up to 5.0mm thick, the 150 Watt Pulsed YAG Laser can be configured to produce a kerf width of only 18µm, enabling high precision cutting and profiling with minimal burr formation.

The material to be processed is manipulated under the fixed laser optics by a Baldor brushless - servo driven X-Y table, which has a 400mm x 400mm work envelope. With an accuracy of +/-10µm and speeds of up to 35.0mm/second the system can cut and profile high quality components at high speeds. A micrometer adjustment facility allows the processing head to be set to the optimum height for the material thickness being cut at the time, and appropriate air assist gasses can be introduced via attachments to the processing head. Additional options such as a honeycomb mounting base and extraction unit, are also available to remove any fine dust created during cutting.

The ES-CUT150 system is configured as a fully integrated stand-alone machine with a Class 1 enclosure, allowing safe operation at all times. The system can be quickly set up by importing CAD data of the part to be produced, and the machine software will accept common CAD formats such as DXF. ES has also developed a bespoke operator user interface for the PC based control system, enabling intuitive machine setting and operation.

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