Happy belated birthday to Charles Hard Townes - Nobel Prize-winning physicist and inventor of the laser. In honor of Mr. Townes, we’re talking about dual fabric laser cutting!
This is a test run of the new conveyorize machine we built. It has twin 120 watt lasers in it with a conveyor. It also has the unwind on the back that unwinds the roll of fabric, feeds it into the machine, and then does the cutting. As you can see, the unwind is driven at the same rate as the conveyor. And so here, we'll start it up for you and let you see it actually run a pattern here.
This particular pattern is a nine-inch square that we're running for our customer that we built this machine for and this pattern will run 48 nine-inch squares in approximately a minute and 12 seconds, so it's very quick, making lots of smoke. We don't have the extraction system hooked up as we're just doing testing to make sure everything is calibrated and working correctly.
You can tell by the pieces on the floor that we've been doing a lot of testing with it.
Here we go. We got the fan on now, so the fan is blowing the smoke away. So it cut the verticals and now it's going to cut the horizontal lines, so it's got about three more lines to go and then it'll be done.
The machine is currently cutting at about 15 inches a second. We could probably go a little bit faster, but these particular pieces are put under electron microscopes for the edge to make sure that they pass inspection, so we go a little bit slower in order to make sure the edges are fully sealed.
And there you go. That's 48 pieces of nine-inch squares. And if we look at the time and it just conveyed ... Well, it didn't show us the time. But, basically, it's a minute and 12 seconds. Thanks a lot for watching.