The innovations and the technological development of laser optics or laser cutter heads have greatly contributed to the development and the improvement of the laser cutting quality. Operator interventions in the laser cutting process are becoming less necessary, and the emphasis is placed on the complete cutting automatization, which can be achieved through the latest innovations in this technology.
Technological advancement of laser cutting
The development of the laser cutting technology brings the ability to cut all the slim materials. In addition, the advancement of the laser cutter components increases the precision as well as the possibility of performing more complicated cuts.
However, laser cutting had a completely different application in the past. This applies primarily to the most used CO2 lasers. Laser technology has provided almost an ideal way to produce prototype tools and various other components that required the manufacture of larger sized mechanical cutters.
Optics as key to success
By the increase of the demand when it comes to quality and cutting in general, a need for innovation development that would make the laser optics more efficient appeared. At the very beginning, laser cutters used one lens with only one focal length, which greatly restricted laser cutting.
However, after the appearance of multi-lens laser technology, laser cutting took place at higher speeds and its quality has increased as well. Although initially, the lens replacement was a complicated process in which the cutter head needed to be dismantled and it lasted for a relatively long time, many companies decided to install additional lenses into their laser cutter.
The need for better laser optics resulted in the development of the autofocusing system. With this system, the operator no longer had to manually adjust the focus of the lens, but the focusing system would do it automatically. This increased the speed and the quality of the cut with minimal waste of time. In addition, by developing and enhancing the laser cutter head, lens replacement has become simpler and today it lasts for an average of 20 minutes.