Laser cutting of pigment coated boards

Heidi Malmberg, Petri Laakso, Jari Hovikorpi, Veli Kujanpää, Nina Miikki, Minna Kurittu

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It is commonly known that laser cutting is suitable for paper and board cutting. Anyhow the use of laser technology in this application is minimal. This paper concentrates on defining the parameters that affect the laser cuttability of pigment coated boards and outlook of cut edge. This study was performed within a national project in Finland about laser cutting of pulps, papers and boards. The research was carried out with a Trumpf 2700 W HQ laser and a work cell designed and manufactured for the project.

The materials used in study were calcium carbonate and clay coated boards. The grammage of base board was kept constant when coat weight varied. The cutting experiments contained tests of how different laser parameters like power and focal point position affected the cutting speed and the cut edge quality.

Coated boards used in study could be laser cut with distinguished quality. It was noticed that cutting speed was linearly dependent on laser power. However, it was found that with mineral pigment coated materials, like not with uncoated materials, in certain parameter point this linear behaviour turned to nonlinear behaviour. This was due to type of pigment and amount of coating. In addition, it was found that fastest cutting speeds and narrowest kerfs were reached with optimal positions of focal point.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationICALEO 2004: 23rd International Congress on Laser Materials Processing and Laser Microfabrication
PublisherLaser Institute of America
ISBN (Print)978-0-912035-77-2
Publication statusPublished - 2004
MoE publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
Event23rd International Congress on Applications of Lasers and Electro-Optics, ICALEO 2004 - San Francisco, United States
Duration: 4 Oct 20047 Oct 2004
Conference number: 23


Conference23rd International Congress on Applications of Lasers and Electro-Optics, ICALEO 2004
Abbreviated titleICALEO 2004
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Francisco


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