Cx-10 120W CO2 Laser Enables Compact Machine Tools

Originally titled '120W CO2 Laser Enables Compact Machine Tools '

Coherent Inc.’s Cx-10 120W CO2 laser offers a combination of performance and reliability features delivering a shorter pulse fall time, which translates directly into a smaller heat affected zone (HAZ) on the workpiece, as well as increased throughput speeds.

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Coherent Inc.’s Cx-10 120W CO2 laser enables the construction of more compact laser-based systems for space-constrained, industrial applications.  Additionally, the laser offers a combination of performance and reliability features. Specifically, it delivers a shorter pulse fall time, which translates into a smaller heat affected zone (HAZ) on the workpiece, as well as increased throughput speeds, the company says. 

The laser has an integrated RF power supply and a modular RF board which also facilitates field serviceability. According to the company, it is intended to service a range of high volume marking, cutting and engraving applications employing a variety of materials, including acrylics, cardboard, ceramics, polymer films, thin metals, laminates, leather, paper, rubber, natural stone, textiles, wood and PCBs. 

The laser is liquid cooled and available at four different standard wavelengths. These wavelengths include 10.6 µm used with organic materials, 10.2 µm for polypropylene films used in food packaging, 9.6 µm for cutting of the thin films used in flat panel display (FPD) fabrication, and 9.3 µm for applications with polycarbonate (PC) and polyethylene terephthalate (PET), such as marking plastic bottles.