Laser Cutting of Kevlar Laminates,
BENDIX CORP KANSAS CITY MO KANSAS CITY DIV
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An investigation has been conducted of the use of laser energy for cutting contours, diameters, and holes in flat and shaped Kevlar 49 fiber reinforced epoxy laminates as an alternate to conventional machining. The investigation has shown that flat laminates 6.35 mm thick may be cut without backup by using a high-powered 1000-watt continuous wave CO2 laser at high feed rates 33.87 mm per second. The cut produced was free of the burrs and delaminations resulting from conventional machining methods without intimate contact backup. In addition, the process cycle time was greatly reduced.
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