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Laser welding is the process of welding materials together, whether this is one piece or multiple pieces of similar or dissimilar materials. Renowned for the increased strengths of welds, laser welding is an application that businesses simply can’t afford to ignore for quality and cost reasons.
The laser welding process is most frequently used in high volume industries, such as the automotive industry and in manufacturing. The process is extremely popular where the same welding operations are performed repetitively / continuously and can easily and seamlessly be integrated into other processes. This also makes laser welding extremely popular in other industries too, such as in electronics, engineering, medical, automotive, jewellery and manufacturing. Welding using lasers can also be used for other processes such as manufacturing fuel cells, batteries and fine wires for medical devices.
There are many benefits associated with laser welding. Unlike with traditional welding, lasers guarantee the same accuracy consistently everytime, absolutely seamless and cosmetically attractive joints whilst also delivering the ability to weld even the most complicated of requirements. The process is also popular for the production of micro-precision parts, especially in the medical and electronics industries. The extremely low levels of thermal distortion can’t be emulated traditionally, which is another attraction of laser welding, as is the ability to weld in “difficult to reach” places. In general, there is no need to use flux or filler materials as welding joins can be programmed to work without the need for these.
Regardless of the material, thickness or dissimilar metals, Laser Welding is an application that both our Pulsed and continuous wave lasers can achieve. From fuel cells and batteries through to fine wires for medical device manufacture, if your aim is to perfect your processing techniques then look no further than our range of Pulsed and CW Fiber Laser solutions. For further information about the capabilities of SPI Lasers for welding see our full list of application insights for laser welding which are detailed below.
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Laser welding is usually done without filler metals so parts need to have good fit with a gap that's less than 15% of the thickness of the thinnest component. Parts should be relatively clean since welding is very fast with no time to burn-out... read more >
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As the medical industry continues to demand smaller and more intricate components and devices, so the challenge for manufacturing them increases.The performance advantages of Fiber Lasers over conventional technologies in terms of beam quality,... read more >
Fiber Lasers have now matured into exceptionally reliable and stable industrial tools. These Lasers have unique capabilities that enable improvements to a wide range of industrial and manufacturing processes.This application note looks in... read more >
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As the medical industry continues to demand smaller and more intricate components and devices, so the challenge for manufacturing them increases.Fine wire welding is used in the manufacture of a wide range of medical devices ranging from... read more >
Fiber Lasers are penetrating the precision Laser welding market. Precision welded parts in the medical or computer industry require very high quality but relatively low penetration welds, typically less than 0.1 mm thick.The average power... read more >
Fiber Lasers have matured into exceptionally reliable and stable industrial tools. These industrial Lasers have unique capabilities that enable a wide range of high quality micro-machining processes; of interest here is their ability to produce high... read more >
To fully realise the advantages of industrial Fiber Laser welding the design of products can be changed to reduce weight, dimensions cost and environmental impact. Of course not one single material joining technology can solve every joining... read more >
In many end-user applications, a butt-welding configuration is required (for functional / aesthetic reasons). Although in process terms it requires the lowest heat input, permits the smallest HAZ, and the fastest speed, butt welding places stringent... read more >
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This application insight covers the following topics:Maintenance
Fiber delivery to the work piece
What difference does the M2 of the Laser make to a weld?
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