Industrial laser processing allows manufacturers to mark text and graphics on uneven surfaces, with speed and precision; the technology enables many functionalities, like wrap marking around cylindrical objects, marking across concave or convex surfaces, deep engraving of 2D/3D images and more. From the tiniest implants for medical technology or computer chips, to skulpting complete bodies, laser machines enable components to be welded, cut or drilled with precision.
A customer has many reasons to choose such a laser system. It offers the capability of processing complex 3D parts, but can also be used for 2D geometries. High processing speeds and quick setup times increase the number of jobs that such a system can handle and provides the customer additional value over conventional manufacturing methods. Applications include electrical component and PCB laser etching, metal, crystal/glass/stone/wood, plastic, and more.
Job shops enjoy the high quality, easy programming and system ability to cut and weld with minimal adjustments to the machine. This also allows users to minimize investment cost while maintaining maximum flexibility.
High volume production customers benefit from fast processing speeds at high quality, easy programming, high utilization, durability, and simple maintenance.
Fiber laser marking machines have incredible accuracy, total flexibility, world-leading features yet pure simplicity when it comes to use. Fiber lasers belong to the solid state laser group. They generate a laser beam by means of the “seed” laser and amplify it in specially designed glass fibers, which are supplied with energy via pump diodes. Fiber lasers have a wavelength of 1.064 micrometers, and produce an extremely small focal diameter. Their intensity is up to 100 times higher than that of CO₂ lasers with the same emitted average power.
Fiber lasers are optimally suited for metal marking through annealing, for metal engraving, and for high-contrast plastic markings. Fiber lasers are generally maintenance-free and feature a long service life of at least 25,000 laser hours.
CO2 laser coding, marking, etching and engraving technology has been around since the 60’s, but has also come a long way. CO2 laser marking systems are part of the gas laser group: the laser beam is generated in an enclosed laser tube which is filled with carbon dioxide.
3D Laser Machines
The development of 3D laser machines has significantly reduced the processing time for many applications that were once cut with traditional technologies. Today a laser with six axes, including a rotary tube chuck, enables you to laser-cut a wide range of applications including structural and formed shapes, spun parts, tubes, bevel cutting of flat components and other high-value laser cut parts.
Many 3D laser machines have the capability of cutting for greater flexibility and provide more possibilities for meeting customer production needs.