What is Laser Cleaning?

Here we examine the topic of laser cleaning. This is a popular fiber laser cleaning application, for which we provide a clear definition.

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A working definition for laser cleaning

Laser cleaning is a process where surface level dirt, contaminants and impurities are removed (cleaned off) by the use of laser irradiation. The intention is to clean the surface of a material, which is in contact with the laser.

Why is laser cleaning needed?

An object may need cleaning for a variety of reasons. A common reason is the need for cleaning after another industrial process, e.g. drilling or cutting – where the fiber laser will clean the surface for aesthetic and efficiency reasons.

Additionally, fiber lasers are useful in cleaning off surface level contaminants, which may have arisen due to an object lying idle for a period (general dirt, maybe even rust on metals).

Due to the sensitivity with which fiber lasers operate, they are even capable of cleaning the most intricate or textured surfaces.

Additional reading – check out our other “What is” guides

We have a range of other “what is” guides, for each of our applications, please see below:

Cleaning made easy with SPI Lasers

Our pulsed and continuous wave fiber lasers are ideal for fiber laser cleaning tasks. They can also be used for related ablation tasks, as well as many other fiber laser applications too (e.g. additive manufacturing, cutting, drilling, marking and welding).

Contact SPI Lasers to commence discussions about how our fiber lasers can be used for cleaning within your organisation. We look forward to being of service and recommend you subscribe to receive future updates for information from SPI.

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