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With an automatic tube loader that can be used for both dry and wet cutting, Rofin-Baasel’s Starcut Tube laser cutting system is suitable for automated production applications. 

The Starcut Tube is a four-axis CNC laser-processing system that allows numerous mechanical machining steps, such as drilling, milling and ablation, to be encompassed within a single laser-processing routine, which speeds up overall manufacturing time.

With CNC-driven rotary, X, Y and Z axes and a solid granite machine setup, the system can process taper-free and offset cuts as easily as it can process simple oval tubes or flat parts. 

As the Starcut Tube has short cycle times, a constant supply of raw material must be provided to maintain production efficiency. To this end, Rofin has developed a tube-loading module with a side-loading magazine for tubes ranging from 3mm to 30mm in diameter and up to 3m in length.

The automated tube-loading module is also suitable for wet cutting, which, with its resultant burr-free and oxide-free machined edges, is claimed to dramatically reduce the need for post-processing, offering potential savings.

Key features and benefits

  • A walking-beam separation system enables the precise and gentle handling of small-diameter tubes.
  • Grippers provide accurate and reliable tube feeding together with the automated removal of residual material. 
  • The system can be powered with a range of Rofin laser sources, including Starfemto FX, Starpico or Starfiber FC, which can deliver contour accuracies better than ±5μm.
  • The femtosecond laser source provides pulse lengths down to 300fs and wavelengths of 1,030nm, 515nm and 343nm: pulses shorter than 1ps provide true, cold material processing and the distortion-free cutting and drilling of polymers. 
  • Streamlining the manufacturing process with a laser system reduces the processing time of parts, with components up to 600mm in length being completed in just a few minutes.

Rofin-Baasel UK Ltd is the UK sales and support subsidiary of Rofin Sinar Technologies Inc, which is one of the world’s largest manufacturers of industrial lasers and is quoted on the USA NASDAQ stock exchange. Rofin makes lasers and laser systems for marking, welding, cutting, drilling and perforating and offers sources and solutions across all the main industrial laser technologies CO2, solid state and fibre lasers. Our lasers are employed in most manufacturing markets to give customers unprecedented results in terms of quality and throughput. We have over 30,000 installations in industries such as medical device, electronics, automotive, jewellery, tool and mould, aerospace and solar power. Examples demonstrating the range of capabilities of Rofin lasers include: * In-line packaging material manufacturers use our lasers to create ‘easy open’ perforated lines in packaging. * High street jewellers buy our microwelding workstations to make and repair jewellery. * Surgical tool and implant manufacturers produce clean and permanent identification marks on their products with Rofin markers. * Photovoltaic customers rely on laser operations from scribing to drilling to make solar panels and wafers. Rofin-Baasel welcomes the opportunity to show customers what lasers can do for them.

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