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Integration of laser processing in machine tools and their economy
Author(s): Klaus Krastel; Jan Drechsel
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Paper Abstract

The demand of machine users towards the complete processing of a workpiece in one setting requires the use of different processing technologies in one machine. In the past years lasers have found new applications in production engineering as a tool for surface modification, cutting, welding and marking. By combination of conventional metal cutting technologies with laser processes in one machine, the complete processing of a workpiece with different technologies in one setting can be realized. The advantages are the processing in one setting and the reduction of material flow between the production machines. The possibility of integrating lasers for material processing in a cutting machine are examined. Processing technology as well as different constructive solutions depending on the type of machine used and integration method are evaluated. Parallel to this approach, examinations of the economy of these systems are carried out.

Paper Details

Date Published: 4 May 1999
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 3613, Solid State Lasers VIII, (4 May 1999); doi: 10.1117/12.347665
Show Author Affiliations
Klaus Krastel, Zentrum Fertigungstechnik Stuttgart (Germany)
Jan Drechsel, Zentrum Fertigungstechnik Stuttgart (Germany)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3613:
Solid State Lasers VIII
Richard Scheps, Editor(s)

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