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Laser processing of tubes and profiles has been one of the fastest-growing areas of metal fabrication during the past decade. It’s easy to see why. The tube laser allows fabricators to simplify part design and eliminate an array of time-consuming manufacturing steps. Still, walk onto a shop floor with a tube laser and there’s a good chance you’ll see the machine sitting idle. Why? Because it’s waiting for material. Taking the broader, order-to-ship view, laser tube cutting still makes the entire operation extremely efficient. It can simplify or eliminate numerous downstream manufacturing steps, so some machine downtime for material handling is a small price to pay. But material loading technology for the tube laser has evolved significantly. For many laser tube operations, extensive downtime for material handling might soon be a thing of the past. Tubular product designs have many benefits. Metal tubes have a very high strength-to-weight ratio, creating structures and frames that can stand up to demanding usage without the need for heavy, expensive construction. But tube and profile fabrication, especially using conventional techniques, comes at a cost. Utilizing conventional ma...

This one single desktop device can 3D Print, laser engrave, and CNC machine.

Practically every prototyping tool you’d ever need exists within the realm of the Snapmaker 2.0. In its second, more expansive, open, and fine-tuned iteration, the guys at Snapmaker have put together an absolute prototyping powerhouse that literally takes up not more than a square that measures 3×3 feet. The modular device can be built to run as a 3D Printer, a Laser Engraver/Cutter, and even a 3 or even 4 Axis CNC Machine. The Snapmaker 2.0 isn’t a product as much as it’s an eco-system… a set of opportunities. An ability to practically fabricate anything you want! At the heart of the Snapmaker is its complete metal construction and modular nature. Metal allows you to have near-perfect tolerances, it can take heat, and it’s the choice for any product that’s as heavy duty as a fabricating system. Snapmaker’s metal construction ensures its ability to perform to precision, while its modular nature gives it the ability to do any sort of fabrication you’d need. Designed to be faster, smarter, and even larger, the Snapmaker 2.0 can handle bigger projects than its previous iteration, and can deliver quality faster. Snapmaker 2.0’s modular build allows you to put together the product yo...