Jenoptik Lasers & Material Processing
The turnkey JenoptikVotan BIM metalcutting system handles up to 4 kW of laser power and cuts with speed flexibility and accessibility for tight spaces

IMTS 2012: ‘Breakthrough’ 3D Laser Metal Cutting

Aug. 20, 2012
CO2 laser cuts at up to 250 mm/sec No optical fiber in cutting envelope Fiber is fully stable in robot ‘shoulder’

The Jenoptik Lasers & Material Processing division plans to introduce its Jenoptik-Votan BIM metal-cutting package at IMTS, and demonstrate what it calls a “breakthrough” in laser metal processing. The groupdevelops solid-state laser products and high-quality diode laser systems for, among other things, material processing, medical technology, and entertainment systems. It also integrates laser technology to optimize and automate customers’ production processes.

“We are excited to introduce to the U.S. market our robot-based 3D metal cutting laser machine, Jenoptik-Votan BIM,” stated Christon Manzella, v.p. -Business Development and Strategies. “Smartly engineered Jenoptik-Votan BIM provides industrial manufacturers a highly flexible, fast processing, and cost-effective laser machine solution that carries several advantages over standard laser machines.”

The Jenoptik-Votan BIM is a turnkey package for 3D laser cutting of metals. It uses a CO2 laser to cut at up to 250 mm/sec, with a mirror-guided laser installed in the integral robot that handles the parts. Materials up to 700X500X1,400 mm are cut to ±0.1 mm accuracy.

The system is able to handle up to 4 kW of laser power without using a fiber in the working envelope of the laser robot, taking advantage of the robot’s full capability in terms of dynamics and accessibility.

Jenoptik-Votan BIM’s laser robot arm has its optical fiber is located only in the stationary robot ‘shoulder’, and the laser beam path is totally integrated. During the cutting process, the laser-beam is guided by mirrors. Because the laser fiber is immobilized its condition is preserved, which eliminates any costly maintenance to replacement of the fiber.

The slim and lightweight (5 kg) laser cutting head adds to system’s ability to cut in tight locations, with high-accuracy cutting paths and high speed 3D metal processing.

Jenoptik noted the laser arm’s axis movement is 30-60 percent quicker than average and delivers a much shorter tach time compared to conventional metal processing laser robots.

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Robert Brooks | Content Director

Robert Brooks has been a business-to-business reporter, writer, editor, and columnist for more than 20 years, specializing in the primary metal and basic manufacturing industries. His work has covered a wide range of topics, including process technology, resource development, material selection, product design, workforce development, and industrial market strategies, among others. Currently, he specializes in subjects related to metal component and product design, development, and manufacturing — including castings, forgings, machined parts, and fabrications.

Brooks is a graduate of Kenyon College (B.A. English, Political Science) and Emory University (M.A. English.)