Laser cutting has expanded Marlin Steel's sheet metal fabrication services. With the 2500 kW TRUMPF TruLaser 1030, we are able to accelerate production, cut cost, cut scrap and achieve very tight tolerances. Because of the quality of our operation, we were one of three U.S. companies to receive the prestigious Metalforming Pioneer Award in 2013 from the Precision Metalforming Association and The Hitachi Foundation.
Laser fabrication can reduce material and production costs compared with milling out of solid material. Our tolerance on laser cuts ranges from +/- .002 on thin sheet metal to +/- .005 on thicker metals. And the setups on the TruLaser facilitate speed and efficiency. It allows us to load laser fabrications via a jib crane with a suction frame. Unloading finished products is a smooth operation due to the movable pallet.
Laser Cutting Benefits
- Unlimited design freedom with our laser cutting machine
- Extremely accurate taper cuts are achievable
- Minimal distortion of the workpiece
- Intricate cuts can be made with precision
- In addition to cutting standard materials such as mild and stainless steel and aluminum, materials such as acrylic and wood are processed reliably and cost effectively.
- Cost savings are possible because intricate cuts are closely spaced yielding more parts per sheet
- Cuts 61 feet per minute (18m/m)
- Cuts 0.6" (15 mm) thick steel
- 5' (1500mm) by 10' (3000mm) sheet size
- Lasers robotics allow us to work touch-free.
- A laser beam cuts without touching the material. This is a superior precise cutting method.
- Other sheet processing methods apply massive tools to the material with enormous mechanical force. The workpiece does not experience a mechanical load.
- The laser beam does not wear out like other tools.
- Lasers can produce fine contours and structures with great precision.
- The heated zone is very small; the rest of the work piece is subjected to little or no heat.
- Lasers reduce or eliminate secondary processes. This speeds up production and increases productivity.
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Max. material thickness with TruCoax 2000
Max. axis speed
The Marlin Steel TruLaser 1030 handles laser cutting jobs in 5 steps. We are able to manually load and unload materials
ready for laser fabrication for careful inspection and handling due to the good accessibility from the front, back and side
of our laser robot. The loading of the laser fabrications is accomplished via a jib crane with a suction frame. Unloading the finished
products cut by the laser is equally smooth due to the movable pallet. U.S.A. Quality - Precision Laser Fabrications.
High-Precision 2d-Laser-Cutting - TruLaser 1030
10 reasons why steel makes the best choice for material-handling containers
- More temperature resistance: Steel can withstand a wider range of temperatures compared to most commercial plastics. Operating range of steel is 150 F to +1600 F (-101 C to +871 C). Operating range of plastics is -60 F to 250 F (-51 C to +121 C), although there are specialty plastics with a somewhat higher range. Steel can withstand rapid or cyclic temperature fluctuations better than most plastics.
- More corrosion resistance: Stainless steel resists corrosion in atmospheric and pure water environments. High-alloyed stainless steel grades resist corrosion in most acids, alkaline solutions and chlorine environments. Most plastics cannot.
- More versatile: Steel can be coated with plastic to gain the benefits of both products.
- Cleaner: Industrial oils, grease and solvents stain plastic more deeply than steel, harder to keep clean. Stainless steel surfaces are easier to maintain in original appearance.
- Stronger: Steel has greater tensile strength and is more durable. Ventilation holes degrade strength of a plastic washing container more than they do in wire mesh or laser-cut sheet metal.
- Less water absorption: Steel has none; Plastic has some water absorption, depending on the plastic.
- Greater protection against fire: Special high chromium and nickel-alloyed steels resist scaling and retain strength even at high temperatures.
- Less expensive to make: Marlin Steel uses simple forming methods to make steel products. In contrast, most plastics require a custom mold, which incur a high up-front tooling cost, restricting consideration of plastic for only very high volumes.
- Less expensive long-term: When total life cycle costs are considered, including initial tooling, stainless is often a less expensive material option.
- More sustainable: Plastics break down much faster. Most plastics come from petroleum, a non-renewable, often imported resource.