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.
March 24, 2009
Laser welding doesn't have to be complicated. It can be performed on the most basic of machines, including an everyday cutting system. This article presents an overview of laser welding, including the basic process, the types of lasers, and how to calculate costs associated with the process.
October 14, 2008
High-power diode lasers are just beginning to make an impact on welding applications. They are also physically smaller than other lasers, and their initial capital cost is not as large as it might be for traditional welding lasers because diode lasers have fewer system components.
July 15, 2008
When considering the keys to success of any laser welding manufacturing system, technical perfection isn't enough. Many variables are involved in successful laser welding. Knowing the technical as well as the leadership and managerial aspects will help ensure that the process is being maximized in your shop.
January 15, 2008
Laser beam optimization is necessary to become or remain competitive in the laser welding industry. That is why it is important to become familiar with optimization devices that can help make the most of laser welding equipment. Training is crucial in operating such devices safely and properly.
July 10, 2007
ALAW 2007 was held April 17 to 19, in Plymouth, Mich. The second two days of the conference focused on laser technology in automotive research and applications and were geared mostly to manufacturing, production, product design, and R&D engineers.Societal demands driving greater dependence on laser technology are energy and environmental concerns, as well as customization.
May 8, 2007
Fiber lasers, which have been a hot topic in laser conferences for several years now, are finally starting to appear en masse in the industrial laser market. Fiber laser technology is driving power scaling (pulsed and continuous wave), wall-plug efficiency, and beam quality to new heights in a rapid pace.
May 8, 2007
Which joining processes—laser welding, brazing, or adhesive bonding—are most suitable for different automotive product attributes and regions of an automobile? This article answers some of those questions.
November 7, 2006
Translating any good idea into a practical innovation through research and development can require much persistence, dedicated effort, essential investment, and a long time. This article looks at three welding and joining innovations—hybrid laser arc welding, electron beam welding in air, and NanoFoil® joining—with decades-old roots that still are struggling for widespread acceptance.
October 10, 2006
Laser equipment specialists claim that an operator now can change the head for cutting up to 3/4-inch mild steel to welding 3-D parts in less than 15 minutes. So the laser cutting/welding equipment has made a technological leap to support the job shops looking to expand their capabilities. But how have the gas systems evolved to support these advanced capabilities?
October 11, 2005
Evaluating the gas equipment you need to produce the shielding mixture you want for optimal laser hybrid welding is critical. Different shielding gases yield different results and should be considered carefully for your specific application.
September 13, 2005
Although a firm grasp of laser physics, metallurgy, tooling and fixturing, weld process parameters, and part strength testing is necessary to implement laser technology in any manufacturing facility, it's also critical to think of other issues that will impact the success of your laser use. Some keys to a successful laser project include involving production personnel early in the process, choosing a laser technology advocate, considering your shop's ambient environment, using trained operators and maintenance personnel, and planning for spare parts and maintenance.