Where Is the Path of Transformation for Laser Cutting Machines Heading?

The ability to convert scientific research achievements into commodities is poor, and many promising achievements remain in the prototype stage of the laboratory; The core component of laser processing systems is a limited variety of lasers, outdated technology, and poor reliability. There is little research on processing technology, especially on fine processing technology, and there is very little research on ultraviolet wave laser processing; The reliability, safety, maintainability, and compatibility of laser processing equipment are poor, making it difficult to meet the needs of industrial production.

Future Development Trends of Laser Cutting Machines


(1) The laser cutting machine will continue to undergo a revolutionary product revolution. The laser light source is the core component of the laser cutting machine and an important indicator that determines the type and cutting ability of a laser cutting machine. Undoubtedly, the future transformation of laser cutting machines will also occur in laser light sources. The replacement of CO2 laser cutting machine by optical fiber laser cutting machine is the most important technological revolution in the forty years since the birth of laser cutting machine, which has brought epoch-making economic benefits to manufacturers and new and old users in this field. So, in the future, is there a new type of light source that is cheaper, more superior in performance, better in beam mode, higher in electro-optic conversion rate, or lower in overall cost compared to fiber lasers? The answer is certainly affirmative. So further question, what laser is it? Of course, it is impossible to provide an accurate answer now. Science and technology sometimes stumble and progress slowly, sometimes take a thousand miles in a day. At present, the author can only say that the development of semiconductor lasers deserves close attention from industry friends.


(2) High power fiber lasers will become the main force in the laser cutting machine market. Currently, fiber cutting machines in various power ranges are experiencing significant development. But where is the mainstream laser power of future laser cutting machines? It is certain that in the near future, many domestic and foreign manufacturers of fiber laser cutting mechanisms will enter a reshuffle period in the fierce market competition. Only enterprises with excellent product quality, continuous emphasis on research and development investment, and mastery of core competitive technologies can achieve success and remain invincible.


(3) The era of intelligence is approaching comprehensively, whether it is Germany’s Industry 4.0 or China’s intelligent manufacturing. The fourth industrial revolution in the industrial field is quietly approaching. As a high-precision CNC laser cutting machine tool, laser cutting machines will inevitably keep pace with the times and fly with technology. The automation development of laser cutting machines has greatly improved the production capacity and automation level of sheet metal workshops.


When the use of technology is ubiquitous in modern society, a common set of characteristics can be applied to modern technology. Many authors, such as McGinn (1991) and Winston (2003), have listed the following key features:


Complexity. Refers to the characteristics that are difficult to understand for most modern tools (i.e. requiring a series of prior training in manufacturing or use). Some are relatively simple to use, but it is relatively difficult to understand their sources and manufacturing methods, such as knives, baseball, and highly processed foods. In addition, there are also things that are difficult to use and understand, such as tractors, televisions, computers, etc.


Dependence. The fact that modern tools often rely on other modern tools, and other modern tools also rely on other modern tools, whether in manufacturing or use. For example, cars are supported by a huge and complex manufacturing and maintenance industry. And the use also requires complex equipment such as roads, streets, highways, gas stations, maintenance plants, and waste collection.


Diversity. Refers to different types and variations of the same tool. Imagine the many spoons and scissors that exist today. Even more complex tools often come in many shapes and styles, such as construction cranes or cars.


Popularity. Scale refers to the popularization of modern technology. Simply put, technology seems to be in every corner. It dominates modern life. In addition, scale also refers to the scope of many modern technology projects, such as mobile networks, the Internet, aircraft navigation, communication satellites, and their impact on people on Earth.


In the future, based on this foundation, an era of intelligent manufacturing for laser cutting machines is brewing in areas such as network technology, communication technology, and computer software technology. It can be foreseen that as a precision sheet metal cutting tool, it will inevitably use its own network communication capabilities to embed a unified production plan, task, and assessment management system with equipment such as sheet metal uncoiling lines, bending machines, CNC bending, welding (riveting) units, shot blasting, and coating lines in the factory, becoming an important part of the sheet metal workshop management system.

About HGSTAR: HGSTAR is is a sub-brand of HGTECH.HGTECH the pioneer and leader of laser industrial application in China, and the authoritative provider of global laser processing solutions. We have comprehensively arranged laser intelligent machine, measurement and automation production lines, and smart factory construction to provide overall solutions for intelligent manufacturing.

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