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Bamboo floor panel cutting by CO2 laser
Author(s): Makoto Kobayashi; Yoshio Horikoshi; Kaori Nagai; Kenji Sugimoto
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Paper Abstract

Environmental disruption by lumber cutting is an ever- present problem in the modern world. Bamboo is a fast growing tree which, even if it is cut every 3 years, grows for its subterranean stem naturally. Thus, the use bamboo- based materials can be regarded as environmentally friendly, and this paper deals with the use of bamboo as flooring material for buildings. Since mechanical cutting of bamboo for making flooring gives rise to problems such as difficulty in cutting perpendicular to the bamboo fiber direction, wear of the cutting tool and generation of dust etc., a study on laser processing of bamboo flooring was carried out. The laser cutting conditions were investigated and optimized. It was shown that laser cutting can offer many advantages.

Paper Details

Date Published: 14 January 2000
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 3887, High-Power Lasers in Civil Engineering and Architecture, (14 January 2000); doi: 10.1117/12.375192
Show Author Affiliations
Makoto Kobayashi, Ichinyosha International USA (United States)
Yoshio Horikoshi, Ichinyosha Ltd. (Japan)
Kaori Nagai, Taisei Corp. (Japan)
Kenji Sugimoto, Taisei Corp. (Japan)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3887:
High-Power Lasers in Civil Engineering and Architecture
Sadao Nakai; Lloyd A. Hackel; Wayne C. Solomon, Editor(s)

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