Hypertherm announced the release of a new 3 kW fibre laser system-the Hy-Intensity® Fiber Laser HFL030 with a recommended cut capacity of 3/4 inch (20 mm) for mild steel, a 1/2 inch (12 mm) for stainless steel, and 3/8 inch (10 mm) for aluminium.
Like all Hypertherm HyIntensity Fiber Laser systems, the HFL030 is specifically optimised for cutting applications. It comes complete with pre-developed cutting processes, and all the needed components for significantly simplified table integration and operation. As a result, the system can cut thicker materials in some cases much faster than many higher powered competitive systems. In other words, Hypertherm's 3 kW system has the cut capacity of other 4 kW fibre laser systems without sacrificing cut quality. When compared with CO2 laser systems, the fibre laser cutting process significantly simplifies table design requirements and integration. Operating costs, thanks in part to the high energy efficiency of the fiber laser, and maintenance requirements which are virtually nonexistent are also much lower than with CO2 laser for lower total cost of ownership.