Aerospace

Aerospace is a key industry which has already taken advantage of the technology provided through fiber lasers. The industry has some unique challenges, including the creation of vehicles which will withstand immense forces and extreme temperature fluctuations when travelling in the air and through space.

Naturally, the industry has risks, which is why it’s so important that all parts and components produced are of high quality of manufacture and are rigorously tested. We believe that Fiber Lasers are an ideal ally to the vast number of companies operating within the Aerospace industry and are already delivering what many are calling the “second industrial revolution”.

Aerospace applications and uses

Fiber lasers enable working with a large selection of materials including carbon compounds, metals, plastics, etc. Many of these will be specifically tailored to the needs of the Aerospace industry, which demand performance in hostile atmospheres. We can only hint at what’s available here, so please read the articles below for much richer detail:

  • Ablation and cleaning – surface preparation treatment and traffic film removal are just two examples of applications
  • 3D printing (additive manufacturing) – low volume batch and rapid prototyping applications, the 3D printing of parts such as belt buckles, cockpit equipment, thousands of parts, turbine blades and much more
  • Cutting – the high-precision cutting of thousands of components used in Aerospace including no-contact cutting in places, which would traditionally be difficult to access
  • Engraving and marking – adding marks to thousands of components (often at micro levels), adding night and day market to cockpit panels, dot peen marking and many others
  • Drilling – providing burr-free drill holes (often in the millions) to a wide range of Aerospace parts and components
  • Welding – the seamless joining of a vast selection of Aerospace parts and components through a non-contact process, including with dissimilar metals

Additive Manufacturing Revolutionising Industry: SPI Lasers Infographic Video

SPI Lasers and the aerospace industry

The Aerospace industry makes full use of the wide-range of functionality provided by SPI Lasers fiber laser range. Of course, the industry is vast so requirements will differ from organisation to another. Buy an SPI Laser and use any of the following functionality – ablation, 3D printing (additive manufacturing), cleaning, cutting, engraving, drillingmarking as well as welding. Contact us today and we can work with you to specify the perfect fiber laser for your machines, systems or organisation.

Listed below you will see a large selection of postcards and application insights we have written to fully demonstrate the capabilities and functionalities of our fiber laser range.

 

Following an increase in oil prices in 2008 and pressures on governments for a “greener planet”, significant investment has been applied in recent years to move to electronic vehicles. The electric car market is already surging in popularity.... read more >

The aerospace industry makes heavy use of the engraving process

Laser Engraving in the Aerospace Industry

Application Insight
Posted on 11/10/2018

The aerospace industry is one of the largest and most crucial industries in the world. It encompasses many different areas, with consumer and business travel being the most important, but it also involves transport, military aircraft and even space... read more >

The aerospace industry uses fiber laser ablation for a number of processes

Fiber Laser Ablation in the Aerospace Industry

Application Insight
Posted on 22/09/2018

Solid metals and certain compounds used in industrial applications sometimes require to have layers removed from them in order to enhance their suitability for industrial processes. The removal needs to be carried out with absolute precision and... read more >

A common product laser marked in the aerospace industry

Laser Marking in the Aerospace Industry

Application Insight
Posted on 01/02/2018

The aerospace industry is a global one that has transformed the lives of consumers and businesses around the world. Aircraft have to travel great distances at extremely high altitudes, withstanding all kinds of pressure and stress. To ensure that... read more >

With the potential that additive manufacturing offers, aerospace is a key industry which has already taken advantage of the technology and is expected to do so to an even greater degree moving forward. The process offers huge advantages in the... read more >

Jet planes have been around for such a long time now that it’s easy to take their incredible feats of engineering for granted, not thinking twice before stepping into a metal tube that defies the laws of gravity to fly many thousands of miles. But... read more >

Laser cladding is an effective way to repair high value parts such as turbine engines. That can be damaged due to their high operational temperatures and exposure to abrasive... read more >

Although additive manufacturing is an exciting technology for many fields, the aerospace industry is seen as one of the key growth areas. The ability to create complex shapes within one mould, with intricate internal dimensions and complex... read more >

Case Study

Honeycomb Welding

Posted on 06/11/2015

Aerospace honeycomb provides the structural strength and special alloy requirements at the lowest possible weight. Joining honeycomb cell walls requires a low cost, repeatable, strong, uninterrupted and high-speed welding process.Honeycomb is... read more >

Case Study

Cladding Repair

Posted on 06/11/2015

Laser cladding is an effective way to repair high value parts such as turbine engines. Which can be damaged due to their high operational temperatures and exposure to abrasive particulates.Lost material must be replaced with the same alloy... read more >

Combustor liners and cans are typically manufactured from Inconel, Hastelloy, Mar-M and Haynes. These alloys require hole diameters from about 400µm to 900µm diameter, with most in the 500 - 600µm range.The holes must be angled, enabling... read more >

Case Study

Welding Turbine Components

Posted on 05/11/2015

Turbine engines require high quality joining methods to withstand their high operational temperatures. Common methods involve vacuum brazing using expensive braze alloys, many hours of manual deposition of the braze paste and long cycles at high... read more >

Today’s jet engines operate at very high temperatures, consequently they require many thousands of cooling channels to be drilled in the turbine components to ensure safe operation.Our high peak power Fiber Lasers can be used to efficiently... read more >

Today’s jet engines operate at very high temperatures, consequently they require many thousands of cooling channels to be drilled in the turbine components to ensure safe operation.Our high peak power Fiber Lasers can be used to efficiently... read more >