Ohio Laser adds fiber laser cutting of copper and brass for antimicrobial apps

Oct. 8, 2012
Ohio Laser says it now offers laser cutting for copper and brass sheets between 0.032-0.125 in. thick thanks to a new fiber laser cutting system.

Plain City, OH -Ohio Laser says it now offers laser cutting for copper and brass sheets between 0.032-0.125 in. thick thanks to a new fiber laser cutting system.

Earlier this year the company added a fiber laser fiber-delivered disc laser cutting machine (identified in this video as a Trumpf 1030 TruLaser; clarification added 10/16). The job shop can now cut nonferrous metals such as copper sheet and brass sheet, in addition to other sheet metals (steel to 0.5-in, stainless steel to 0.25-in, and aluminum to 0.1875-in.) at various power ranges (3-6 kW).

Laser cutting offers a more efficient way to process highly reflective materials such as copper and brass, with faster setup and processing times, flexible prototyping, and just-in-time (JIT) cutting of various alloys including copper 110, 102, C194, and 17510 (RWMA CLASS lll), according to Ohio Laser.

Many industries require Environmental Protection Agency-registered antimicrobial copper alloys for use in everything from floor and wall tiles to door plates, elevator interiors, workstations, equipment components, and counter/tabletops. Properties in such alloys are shown to effectively eliminate specific bacteria including methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). Other sectors use copper sheet metal for fabricating tiles, electric car motors, and inside LEED-certified "green" buildings.

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