PowerPhotonic partners with Precitec on beam-shaping optics for laser cutting

Dec. 21, 2016
PowerPhotonic announced an exclusive partnership with Precitec to supply beam-shaping optics for laser cutting.

Micro-optics company PowerPhotonic (Dalgety Bay, Scotland) announced an exclusive partnership with materials processing company Precitec (Gaggenau, Germany) to supply beam-shaping optics for high-power industrial laser cutting applications. Novel optics have been co-developed with Precitec to improve the cutting performance in high-power industrial processing machines using PowerPhotonic's direct-write laser micromachining technology for high precision and accuracy.

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Based on Precitec's long-term experience in the fields of laser processes and optical design, a new approach to beam shaping has been developed. PowerPhotonic's fabrication process is being used to create optics that have unparalleled optical efficiency and the ability to easily work with today's multi-kilowatt lasers. Besides other system improvements, the companies say the optical components are a key enabler for new standards in cutting quality.

Roy McBride, managing director of PowerPhotonic, said, "We are very pleased to announce our partnership with Precitec, who are acknowledged to be dominating in the laser cutting market. It is an affirmation of our technology, and I look forward to seeing our products being used by Precitec to deliver state-of-the-art industrial materials processing solutions."

Thilo Wersborg, CEO of Precitec, said, "By combining core competencies of our companies, we achieved a breakthrough in terms of cutting quality. Higher thicknesses at significantly reduced cutting edge roughness become today's state-of-the-art in laser cutting with disc, fiber or direct diode lasers."

SOURCE: PowerPhotonic; http://www.powerphotonic.com/company/news/powerphotonic-announces-partnership-precitec

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Gail Overton | Senior Editor (2004-2020)

Gail has more than 30 years of engineering, marketing, product management, and editorial experience in the photonics and optical communications industry. Before joining the staff at Laser Focus World in 2004, she held many product management and product marketing roles in the fiber-optics industry, most notably at Hughes (El Segundo, CA), GTE Labs (Waltham, MA), Corning (Corning, NY), Photon Kinetics (Beaverton, OR), and Newport Corporation (Irvine, CA). During her marketing career, Gail published articles in WDM Solutions and Sensors magazine and traveled internationally to conduct product and sales training. Gail received her BS degree in physics, with an emphasis in optics, from San Diego State University in San Diego, CA in May 1986.

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