Laser Welding Articles

Its small spot size and extremely high energy density make laser welding ideal for many welding applications. Learn about the capabilities and limitations of the process in this technology area.

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Welding small, and growing

November 7, 2014

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MicroArc Welding specializes in putting tiny welds on tiny parts. It’s all manual. It requires a careful touch that few people have. For MicroArc, an eight-person weld shop outside Boston, this tiny niche has led to big opportunity.

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The transformative power of the laser

August 6, 2014

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The laser has helped define the modern precision metal fabrication industry, and this year’s Advanced Laser Applications Workshop shows just how far the laser has come. Blink once, and you miss another technological milestone.

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Stamping with a better idea

July 29, 2014

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Cleveland-based Stripmatic Products strives to add more customer value by focusing on additional operations and asking what else customers may need. This led the company to a unique setup involving a servo press and a fiber laser welding cell.

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Tough optics for extreme laser welding

July 29, 2014

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Engineers at EWI have developed laser welding optics tailored for high-power applications.

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Technology considerations for laser welding tubes and pipes

March 17, 2014

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Using laser welding for making tube or pipe on a mill is a proven technology, but and advancements in tracking systems and controls have made lasers easier to use than when they were first introduced. However, this doesn’t mean that swapping gas tungsten arc welding (GTAW) or plasma welding for laser is simple. Thinking about changing over to laser requires an understanding of how the laser welding process differs from GTAW and plasma welding, and how the various lasers differ from each other.

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Laser photonics meets shop floor pragmatism

February 10, 2014

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Pragmatism rules the day at Directed Light, a job shop focusing on a wide range of industrial laser applications, from UV to far-infrared.

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Creating art that inspires thought

February 3, 2014

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Las Vegas metal artist creates abstract contemporary pieces that make viewers think and let him sleep.

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Joining aluminum with laser - TheFabricator.com

Joining aluminum with laser

July 12, 2013

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As the automotive industry looks to take steps to increase fuel economy to a fleet average of 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025, fabricators and suppliers will be looking to aluminum to help lighten the load. Properly addressing the troublesome attributes that aluminum and its alloys will help you to avoid potential issues during the laser welding process.

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How laser welding sets contract fabricator apart - TheFabricator.com

How laser welding sets contract fabricator apart

November 9, 2012

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Estes Design and Manufacturing, Indianapolis, finds that laser welding produces a joint that is cosmetically appealing to customers. “We’re looking for an appearance that matches almost exactly the outside of a formed corner,” said Jay Reddick, the company's laser welding development manager.

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Hybrid laser-arc welding takes on heavy transportation - TheFabricator.com

Hybrid laser-arc welding takes on heavy transportation

November 2, 2012

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Today lean thinking has led many to consider not just manufacturing costs, but also the costs that occur over the entire product life cycle. This is where hybrid laser-arc welding has really stepped up to the plate—literally. The technology can be used to weld high-strength steel parts effectively, which is great news for the transportation industry as they look to reduce the weight of components.

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Microwelding conductive materials

September 12, 2011

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As the move toward part miniaturization continues, more and more companies are turning to microwelding for the precision joining of copper and other highly reflective materials, in particular, employing laser welding with a green wavelength.

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How can laser work for you? - TheFabricator.com

How can laser work for you?

September 24, 2010

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In an area where manufacturing has been hit hard, one Machesney Park, Ill., job shop found that an equipment purchase was all it needed to gain momentum.

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Two processes sometimes are better than one

February 9, 2010

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Alabama Laser ramps up its development efforts in hot-wire laser cladding, a new process that may have big potential, particularly in the oil and gas sector.

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Laser welding update

November 4, 2009

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The number of global laser welding applications has increased over the years thanks to steady technology advancements. One of those advancements, the disk laser—a combination of a solid-state laser and a semiconductor laser—has opened the door to several new or improved joining applications.

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Getting close to remote laser welding

June 26, 2009

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Remote laser welding is a fairly new kid on the block in terms of joining metal in North America. But it makes complete sense for those high-volume applications where resistance spot welding is used commonly.

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