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News - February 2016

LaserSnake starts cutting steel at TWI

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The LaserSnake system was configured for laser cutting and shipped to TWI for integration with the ULO laser process head. The LaserSnake delivery system can deploy either an air cooled or a water cooled laser process head depending on the environment.

During the trials the system cut both curved and flat mild and stainless steels up to 40mm. A number of piercing operations were also successfully performed. The team established cut set up and cutting parameters. The project partners were able to build on earlier laboratory learnings covering laser power levels, illumination, using the systems high repeatability and control.

Dr Paul Hilton, TWI Technology Fellow, commented “the ULO designed and built air cooled nuclearised process head provided excellent tolerance in the positioning of the cutting tip. The possibility to work with either air or water cooled cutting heads will be a benefit in some decommissioning applications.”