For high-volume production laser cutting, we own a Trumpf Trulaser 2525/3200W CNC laser station which anchors a fully integrated laser-based work cell.
The high-speed Trulaser 2525 is very effective for cutting large flat parts with complex geometry out of sheets of material. A sophisticated pallet changer allows for the cutting of a new sheet while parts are removed from the sheet that has already been cut. The changer can handle raw material sheets up to 4 ft. x 8 ft. and weighing up to 1,100 lbs.
On thinner materials the laser boasts a cutting speed of up to 3,348 inches per minute and can cut through materials as thick as ¾ inch steel and ½ inch stainless steel. For high-speed cutting, however, it is most effective in the thickness range of .020 inches to .125 inches.
Other useful laser cutting machines are our 3 LASAG TCS375’s. These machines are used primarily for tube cutting. They work best with wall thickness up to .020 inches, and outside diameters up to .315 inches. These lasers can be used as strictly a cut-to-length device or to cut intricate features into the tubes. They are also very effective for cannulas that require angled sharp ends.
For intricate laser marking, we rely on three machines—Trumpf TruMark 7000’s. These machines can operate in either a linear or a rotary axis—automated or manual. Their capabilities are numerous—marking, etching, labeling, knurling, ablating, annealing, foaming, and surface refinement.
Many of our tubes for instrument shafts are marked by these lasers—where company names, descriptions, or incremental measurement marks are required.