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Early days of laser cutting
Author(s): Paul A. Hilton
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Paper Abstract

May 1967 marks the 30th anniversary of gas assisted laser cutting. This paper looks back at these first experiments, made using a 300 W pulsed slow flow CO2 laser, and a pressure chamber to combine the focused laser beam with an oxygen gas jet. The results of this early work and the conclusions to the original publication on the subject will be discussed in terms of how laser cutting has developed over 30 years into an advanced and profitable manufacturing technique.

Paper Details

Date Published: 18 August 1997
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 3097, Lasers in Material Processing, (18 August 1997); doi: 10.1117/12.281076
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Paul A. Hilton, The Welding Institute (United Kingdom)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3097:
Lasers in Material Processing
Leo H. J. F. Beckmann, Editor(s)

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