We’ve touched on some pretty heady stuff in the past couple of blogs, so maybe something more straightforward is in order. Here goes:
Why use laser welding?
- It’s LASER! Isn’t that enough???
2. Makes very small welds (microscopic)
3. Also makes big (deep) welds – ½” deep in some circumstances
4. Highly repeatable
5. Very fast – travel rate to hundreds (in some cases thousands) of inches per minute
6. Low heat input
7. Precisely controllable
8. Few size constraints – parts can be enormous (as long as welds fall inside the laser’s capabilities)
9. Easily integrated with off-the-shelf motion products: CNC platforms, robots
10. Very cost effective when compared to other processes
That was a little too brief, so how about a little piece of trivia: LASER is an acronym for Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation.
Another piece of trivia - the laser was conceptualized by Charles Townes. I had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Townes and speaking with him several years before he passed. We’ll talk about Mr. Townes and some specifics of his work in an upcoming post.
As always – to get the nitty-gritty about any of the benefits of laser welding – talk to a pro.