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The development History of fiber laser source

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1917

Theodore Maiman, an American scientist, announced the birth of the world’s first laser.

1964

The semi-conductor laser, proposed by the Soviet physicist FC Brașov, developed what became known as the fiber laser.

1978

Amada successfully developed the first laser processing machine for sheet metal processing: LC-644, which was launched in 1981 .

2020

G.WEIKE laser launched 20kw fiber laser cutting machine LF12025GH (12000*2500mm) cutting thickness upto 80mm .

Cutting video link :  https://youtu.be/8fSDILRn1DY

 

 

Advantages of fiber laser

Lasers can be divided into four main categories: Gas Lasers, solid state lasers, semi-conductor laser and Dye laser, which are mainly used in industry, medical, communications and other fields. Compared with other lasers, fiber laser has the characteristics of good output laser beam quality, high energy density, high electro-optic efficiency, easy to use, wide range of machinable materials, etc. , widely used in carving/marking, cutting/drilling, cladding/welding, surface treatment and other processing links.

In recent years, with the rapid replacement of traditional manufacturing processes by laser processing, the demand for fiber lasers in downstream industries has been increasing, and the expansion of the additive manufacturing industry has also accelerated the development of fiber lasers, and in the field of high-end equipment manufacturing demand.

Mainstream manufacturers and competition pattern of fiber laser

IPG: founded in 1990, headquartered in Massachusetts, USA, is the world’s largest manufacturer of fiber laser products, including pulse lasers (PICOSECOND & FEMTOSECOND LASERS, nanosecond lasers) , quasi-continuous-wave lasers and continuous-wave lasers. In 2018, IPG photon posted revenue of $1.4599 billion in 2018, up 4 percent year on year, and net income of $404 million, up 16 percent year on year.

NLIGHT: founded in 2000 and headquartered in the United States, nLIGHT specializes in semi-conductor laser and fiber optic solutions. For fiscal 2018, revenue was $191.4 million, up 38.1 percent year on year, and net income was $30.156 million, up 658.7 percent year on year, with a gross margin of 35.0 percent.

COHERENT: founded in 1996, headquartered in the United States. For nearly a decade, custom fiber components have been designed and mass-produced. For Fiscal Year 2018, the company reported revenue of $1.903 billion, up 9.42 percent from the same period a year earlier; gross profit of $831 million, up 9.68 percent; and gross margin of 43.66 percent.

TRUMPF: founded in 1923 and based in Germany. Entered the laser field in 1979. After the 1990s, to the laser industry chain upstream of the introduction of disc lasers, semi-conductor Laser, fiber lasers. Revenue of 3.6 billion euros ($4.05 billion) rose 14.6 percent in the 2018 fiscal year. German sales of more than 700m euros.

SPI: founded in the UK in 2000, it focuses on design and fabrication of fiber lasers. In 2008 it was bought by TRUMPF, Germany’s leading laser-cutting machine maker. In 2015, SPI successfully acquired J K Lasers, which has 40 years’ experience in the laser industry, focusing on the fiber laser market. Fiber lasers accounted for more than 50 percent of the $11.33 billion in industry revenue in 2017.

Raycus LASER: founded in 2007, focusing on the field of fiber laser, with materials, devices to the vertical integration of the whole machine, but also the domestic high-power fiber laser pioneer. Listed on the Shenzhen Stock Exchange in June 2018. Operating income from January to December 2018 was 1.462 billion yuan, up 53.63 percent year-on-year.

MAX Laser: founded in 2004, is one of the first fiber laser manufacturers in China, it is also one of the first national high-tech enterprises to realize independent intellectual property rights and vertical integration in the two core technologies of fiber lasers and optical devices, now has developed into an internationally known FIBER LASER AND CORE OPTICAL DEVICE R & D, production and sales as one of the laser manufacturers. In 2018, the company realized operating income of 710,223,900 yuan.

JPT: founded in 2006, headquartered in Shenzhen, is a research and development, production and sales of laser light sources, laser intelligent equipment and optical fiber components of the state-level high-tech enterprises. In the first half of this year, Jett realized an operating income of 302 million yuan, down 9.41 percent year-on-year. Laser business achieved revenue of 152 million yuan.

FLYBO LASER: founded in 2012, is a FIBER LASER R & D Company, FOCUSING ON FIBER LASER R & D, has launched high-power continuous-wave Fiber Laser, high-power pulsed fiber laser and picosecond pulse solid-state laser and other products. In 2018 Feibo laser achieved annual revenue of about 200 million, industrial product sales growth of more than 80% .

G.weike laser coooeration with IPG and Raycus .

60% IPG and 40% Raycus fiber laser source using on our fiber laser cutting machine .

 


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