Be a cut above the rest. Process tubes using lasers
There is something magical about every new beginning. In the case of laser tube cutting, it is the high-precision tool – the laser. You can even cut complex contours, wall thicknesses up to 10 mm, or materials like mild steel, stainless steel and aluminium with a diameter of up to 254 mm effortlessly using the laser. In addition to a variety of materials and shapes, laser tube cutting offers even more – you can produce increasingly small lot sizes quickly and cost efficiently.
This is what our customers say
Stefan Janetzki – team leader at Eirenschmalz Maschinenbaumechanik & Metallbau, Germany
"The TruLaser Tube 7000 fiber is a complete all-rounder. The setup outlay when loading is minimal. Finished parts can be unloaded easily. The machine's user interface has a very clear structure. I was able to start producing quickly and reliably after just a short period of time."
Frédéric Demarche – Dcoup Laser, Belgium
"Word hasn't yet spread about many of the advantages of laser tube cutting. It doesn't just save us and our customers time and money, but also allows innovative tube designs, which we can now use to produce complete assemblies."
Buntoro Setiomulyo, owner of PT Mak, Indonesia
"Our productivity has increased by 30 per cent due to the new machine. The machine works very precisely. It has allowed us to reduce costly secondary processes significantly. Some old systems have even been made obsolete."
Technical advantage up. Part costs down
You can save a considerable 49% in time and 31% in part costs on our example part with a bend connection using laser tube cutting. At the same time, you can also make your processes and organisation simpler. Compared to conventional sawing, drilling and milling, you can also reduce downstream work steps such as deburring, welding or assembly. In just one operation, you can cut complex contours, form threads and cut tubes to length.
A comparison of laser tube cutting and conventional production
Laser tube cutting with TruLaser Tube
Designed for laser processing with bend connections and additional positioning aids.
Welded together from two single parts in conventional production.
or up to four small cars
This is the approximate weight that a TruLaser Tube machine can handle at one time.
million tonnes of steel tube
Global production volume (in 2016)
You could recreate the Eiffel Tower more than 16,000 times with this amount.
Lower part costs
with laser tube cutting
Be more cost effective. Save a third in part costs compared with conventional tube processing.
Become a pioneer in thinking outside the box
Cutting tubes and profiles using lasers opens up completely new avenues in design which were previously impossible using conventional processes. Free your design spirit and excite your customers with amazing design variants.
Simple assembly and positioning aids
Using positioning, you can easily establish a connection between the flat material and the tube. This allows you to weld quickly and assemble accurately thanks to an assignment coding system.
If you cut tubes and profiles using lasers, you can easily join them with each another using inserts if they are used for flow functions, or attachments for load-bearing designs. In the case of corner connections, you can reduce the additional work outlay drastically using a precise bevel cut.
Other connections include plugs connections, as well as practical dovetails and bayonet connections. You can therefore effectively avoid complex fixtures using laser tube cutting. The joining processes that are carried out subsequently are also significantly more precise.
You can achieve a fast connection composed of just one component using a practical bend connection with positioning. The possibility of a rounded corner opens up a completely new range of parts and designs. In order to ensure that components retain their correct position during and after bending, you can use a lug to fix the bend.
Tube-blank connections and flexible tube elements
Join sheet metal parts and tubes simply and quickly by using tube-blank connections. Customisable lugs allow you to attach parts easily and can also take on an assignment coding function. It is also possible to create a flexible cable guide which is cut from just one tube using the laser with the help of flexible tube elements.
Would you like to hit the ground running right away?
Get experienced product experts from TRUMPF on your side. Regardless of whether you already have experience with conventional tube processing or want to tap into completely new business areas – we will support your project.
Whether in small villages or big cities, tubes are used everywhere. Designs made from tubes and profiles are ubiquitous
Tubes are a fixture of our every day lives:
From robust frame constructions for buses and agricultural machinery, delicate designer furniture and lamps to complex systems made from tubes in mechanical engineering and system construction – you can find tube designs that have been processed using lasers everywhere. No wonder – because there are few tools that can be used with such flexibility and offer so much contour freedom. Innovative products made from laser-cut tubes are already being used successfully – in the furniture industry, construction industry, automotive industry, commercial vehicles and transport, mechanical engineering, system construction, the agricultural sector, the fitness industry and in air-conditioning and energy technology.
This is what our experts say
"Laser tube cutting provides new design options which enable tube processors to delight their customers. Innovative designs also ensure a great potential for savings."
Head of Sales Laser Tube Cutting at TRUMPF
"The laser tool replaces many conventional machining processes such as milling, sawing or punching in tube processing. This increases productivity significantly and reduces part costs considerably. Thanks to the integration of additional process steps, such as thread cutting, this benefit is increased even further."
Head of Product Management TruLaser Tube
The origin of TruLaser Tube machines
The Swabian Jura in Germany is where everything comes together. It is a holiday region that is affectionately sometimes also called the "Blue Belt". TRUMPF's impressive vertical range of manufacturing is tangible here. This is because all the components needed to build a laser tube cutting machine reach final assembly here. In this hustle and bustle, trucks deliver parts from surrounding sites, day in, day out. These parts are needed to be able to finally deliver the finished machine.
May we present your future tools for laser tube cutting
TruLaser Tube 5000
The perfect introduction to laser tube processing – the TruLaser Tube 5000. The open and module machine concept stands for a high level of robustness and a wide variety of applications.
Breaks speed records – the TruLaser Tube 5000 fiber optimally exploits the strengths of the solid-state laser and allows you to produce with a high level of productivity. What does this mean for you? Short processing times and a large range of possible parts.
For demanding tasks – the Trulaser Tube 7000 is the highly flexible machine for XXL laser tube processing. Whether they are small, round, rectangular or oval – the machine displays its strengths with a large range of parts.
Built for maximum productivity, even for XXL tubes. With its robust solid-state laser, the machine can be used in numerous ways for cutting tubes and profiles with a wide range of types of material and wall thicknesses.
What potential does laser tube processing hold for you? The more we know about your situation, the more specific the advice we can give you. To do this, please answer these short questions.
Everything from a single source – only from TRUMPF
By starting out with laser tube processing, you are setting a clear course for success in the long term. For this purpose, choose the complete package from the global market leader in laser technology. With a perfectly coordinated, constantly available production system, you will enjoy cutting with your machine for years to come.
Machine and laser
All TruLaser Tube machines are developed and produced at TRUMPF – you receive a robust solution for your day-to-day industrial operations. Adapted to the relevant requirement, we develop the laser, laser guide cable and cutting head for every series. The benefit to you is that you can make optimal use of the power of the laser tool.
Each machine includes up-to-date technology data for laser tube cutting that has been checked by TRUMPF, meaning you can simply get started. A large variety of modular automation components for loading and unloading tube material is also available for your machine.
With a comprehensive range of services and a global service network, we are always there for you. As a partner, we will support you with tailored solutions and service packages. Use our workshop on part design to learn what you need for innovative designs when laser tube cutting. An additional benefit – straightforward financing direct from us, the manufacturer, tailored to your needs.
We will accompany you on your path into networked production
What potential does networking hold for you? What might your individual path into networked production look like?
With our innovative TruConnect range of solutions, we connect humans and machines using information. This includes all steps in the production process – from the quote to shipping. In TruLaser Tube machines, the Industry 4.0 Central Link interface forms the basis of efficient networking. This allows you to obtain complete transparency concerning your production process at all times. Thanks to integrated functions, such as the tapping unit and a spatter protection device for laser cutting, you can also dramatically simplify your intralogistics.
Real success stories. Real people. Real tube solutions.
How have others done it? Find out more about our customers' success stories. They are some of the pioneers in their industries and often use completely new design options to manufacture their parts even more efficiently.
From a novice to tube cutting specialist in twelve months
The Belgian job shop Dcoup Laser was introduced to the world of laser tube cutting with the RotoLas additional device. Just one year later, the TruLaser Tube 7000 helped the family company to join the ranks of tube production specialists.
Tobias Richter invested in a TruLaser Tube 7000 just over a year ago. Since then, the workforce of his previously three-person company has more than doubled, and the young company ProfiLaseRichter, based in Chemnitz in Saxony, Germany, has grown to become a specialist for tricky tube designs.
Käppler & Pausch GmbH leaves nothing to be desired when it comes to sheet metal processing. This isn't enough for co-founder Gabriel Pausch. He is investigating what could help his customers tomorrow and beyond in order to ensure that his company continues to be at the forefront of the industry in the future.
Tubes prefer TRUMPF – your expert in the world of tubes
Benefit from our decades of expertise in tube processing. As your partner, we will support you in all upstream and downstream processes.
Coils are rolled-up strips of flat sheet and form the basis of tube production. Using the TruLaser Cell 3000 from TRUMPF, you can laser weld tubes with a continuous seam. The resulting tubes can eventually be cut to length and processed further.
Lasers open up completely new design possibilities in tube cutting. This is why more and more designers now rely on the benefits of laser-cut parts. In addition to vertical cuts, you can also achieve bevel cuts, perforations, and even the tapping of threads with the TruLaser Tube machines.
If two tube parts should be firmly connected, they usually have to be welded. The TruLaser Cell 3000 does this for you. The highly productive and versatile 5-axis laser machine enables you to carry out two and three-dimensional welding and cutting. The 3D laser machine is also perfect for laser metal deposition (LMD).