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With the GL.smart things are running smoothly: The laser as a turning tool takes cutting technology to a new level

Turning is one of the oldest and most important manufacturing processes for the production of components in almost every industrial sector.

Since the Middle Ages, this process is being continuously developed and adapted to the changing needs.

The cutting technology, however, brings the producers to the limits of the technical transability, particularly with regard to small and very small components. Tool wear, tool life, machining forces and heat affected zone became a limiting factor.

But now the laser experts from GFH GmbH raise this manufacturing method to a new level: The conventional turning tool is replaced by a contactless laser that evaporates the material with ultra-short laser pulses.

This technology has been integrated from the GFH into a specially designed production machine. The process-related technology disadvantage of the lower removal volume per unit compared to the cutting process is eliminated by the double-spindle concept.

The GL.smart equipped with this technology, in conjunction with the integrated CAD / CAM solutions, represents the next milestone in the history of turning.

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Exhibitor: GFH GmbH

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