Can Laser Welding and Laser Cutting be Achieved with just one tool?
In modern-day manufacturing and other industries, a fundamental requirement is to have multifunctional processing. This is where processing is made possible by a tool which achieves more than one function in one place. One such example of multifunctional processing is a tool which both laser cuts and welds – we investigate the feasibility of this.
Laser Welding and Laser Cutting – two totally different technologies
Well, first of all let’s introduce the two technologies:
- Laser welding – Fiber laser welding is a process where the aim is to seamlessly join two objects together through a strong and permanent welding joint. This is achieved through a laser beam, which when directed melts the two objects so they become one new object. Metals are most commonly welded, but other materials are as well. Click here for more information about laser welding.
- Laser cutting – The laser cutting process works when a material is cut using a laser beam. Lasers can cut an immense number of materials, to a wide range of sizes and thicknesses. Click here for more information about laser cutting.
One tool for welding and cutting – is it a reality?
It’s true that laser welding and cutting are two very different applications but thanks to modern lasers it’s a reality that one tool can achieve both aims.
Here at SPI lasers we manufacture fiber lasers, which can achieve both laser welding and laser cutting. To achieve this, specialist laser heads are available for both cutting and welding, as well as other applications. The laser is then simply programmed to cut or weld as is required. A process that had to be achieved through the use of two tools previously is now available through one tool using laser-based technology.
Multifunctional laser-based applications
Laser welding and cutting are just two of the applications possible with a fiber laser from SPI Lasers. With two ranges – continuous wave and pulsed laser models, we have lasers to suit a vast array of laser applications. These include (but are not limited to) ablation, additive manufacturing, cleaning, cutting, drilling, engraving and marking.
SPI Lasers – we can help
It’s easy to contact SPI Lasers, just call us or complete our contact form and we will be able to discuss the versatility of our fiber lasers range and how they can enhance your productivity. Click here to subscribe to receive regular SPI Lasers updates.
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