Fiber Optic Laser Cutting At Ajax

By networking two Salvagnini L3 fiber optic lasers together, Ajax Metal Forming boosts efficiency and reduces production bottlenecks.

Fiber optic laser cutting is one of the most popular sheet metal fabrication processes in existence today.  Fiber lasers offer part design flexibility and precision not available through other means.

Ajax offers expanded fiber laser cutting capabilities in a wide range of materials:

  • high-purity aluminum alloys
  • brass and copper
  • galvanized and stainless steel

Our lasers can cut material up to 5’ x 10’ with thickness up to ¾ inch. On light-gauge mild steel, the speed of the fiber laser is up to 2,300 inches/minute.

Materials List

  • Aluminum
  • Beryllium Copper
  • Brass
  • Copper
  • Cold Rolled Steel
  • Galvanized Steel
  • Hot Rolled Steel
  • HSLA Steel
  • Phosphor Bronze
  • Spring Steel
  • Stainless Steel
  • 50 High Strength Low Alloy
A Salvagnini L3 fiber laser exterior view at Ajax Metal Forming Solutions of Minneapolis, Minnesota
The impressive length of the L3 enables Ajax to use a wide variety of materials and sizes.

 How Fiber Lasers Work

Fiber optic lasers work by creating light using a bank of LEDs, and then passing that light through an amplifier and then through a fiber optic cable that leads to a laser cutting head. The fiber optic cutting head contains a lens that can focus the light into a thin beam that is powerful enough to cut metal up to 3/4 of an inch thick. 

Ajax Metal Forming responded to the soaring demand  by investing in a second Salvagnini L3 fiber optic laser that was installed in November, 2018. With two L3s humming along, Ajax has built significant fiber laser operating expertise that the company’s customers have come to appreciate.

A fiber optic laser bed at Ajax Metal Forming Solutions of Minneapolis, Minnesota
An interior view of one of the Salvagnini L3s at Ajax Metal Forming.
Machine operator programming a fiber optic laser at Ajax Metal Forming in Minneapolis, Minnesota
Ajax keeps both machines operating at all times to virtually eliminate production bottlenecks.

“We knew the fiber optic laser wave would hit the beach at some point, so we were able to justify the additional machinery,” said Ajax Vice President Don Wellman. “Laser-cut parts are awesome, so more and more OEMs are working laser specs into their part designs. Once part designers became acclimated to laser, the ball really got rolling.”

Using RADAN CAD CAM nesting software and the company’s hi-speed network, Ajax can now “share” part nesting data between the two L3 machine controllers to shift production from one machine to the other or back again without skipping a beat. This technique keeps both machines operating at all times and virtually eliminates laser production bottlenecks.

A fiber optic laser cutting head at Ajax Metal Forming Solutions of Minneapolis, Minnesota

A fiber laser head cutting a sheet of aluminum at Ajax Metal Forming Solutions.