Fiber Elephant

Our ARGES 3D high-performance scan heads are primarily used for cutting and welding applications. These scan heads have been specially developed for large work areas and offer a very good spot performance over the entire scan range, even over large working distances. They are employed, amongst other things, on robots in automated applications and are available in various models with and without a fiber connection.

Fiber Elephant

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Description

Engineered by our ARGES brand, the Fiber Elephant is the ideal scan head for all robot-assisted applications involving welding and rapid prototyping with multi-mode fiber lasers, as well as cutting, fine welding and rapid prototyping with single-mode fiber lasers. Our solution also features an option without fiber coupling, Elephant scan head.

The variable optical design of the scan head offers a wide range of working field sizes and processing distances and makes it possible to customize the Fiber Elephant precisely to meet the customer’s requirements without altering the overall size of the scan head. The fast Z-axis enables a high-dynamic focus shifting. This allows economical and precise processing of 3-dimensional parts, without changing the position of the part or the scan head.

All ARGES scan heads are compatible with ARGES ASC controllers and InScript® software.

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Equipped with SafeScan
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Equipped with SafeScan

The Fiber Elephant is equipped with our SafeScan safety concept such as continuous checking of the laser beam position and monitoring scanner-internal and external system parameters.

Crossjet design
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Crossjet design

Our The innovative Crossjet design ensures the long service life of the protective window and optics, even in harsh ambient conditions with intense sparking, while consuming only a very small quantity of compressed air.

Our design combines a de Laval nozzle and the practical application of the “air amplifier” principle: The compressed air is first accelerated to a supersonic speed by the annular-shaped de Laval nozzle. The nozzle is arranged in such a way as to create a vacuum at the rear of the Crossjet that causes the ambient air to be drawn in and also accelerated.

This produces an amplified air stream several times greater than the flow rate employed even with a lower consumption of compressed air.

  • For the industry-standard operating pressure of 6 bar (600 kPa)
  • Homogeneous air stream as a result of the air supply from both sides
  • Efficient design for a strong air stream with low consumption of compressed air
  • High flow velocity over long distances for optimum particle deflection
  • Long service life for the protective window and optics
3D shapes
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3D shapes

A teach-in function is available for rapid and convenient positioning of the laser beam on 3D shapes.

Tailored engineering capabilities
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Tailored engineering capabilities

Through our highly specialized expertise and resources we can provide tailored solutions for your application needs.  With a large selection of different laser sources, scan heads and handling systems to choose from, we can develop laser processes that are perfectly tailored to a wide variety of customer-specific products, components and materials.

  • Laser-specific customization
  • Sub-systems that include laser and beam path
  • Customer-specific software extensions
  • Laser process development
  • Sample production
Specifications
Aperture 36 mm50 mm
Step Response 100%

18 ms

30 ms

Scan Angle

0.87 rad

0.87 rad

Long term Offset Drift1

< 0.3 mrad

< 0.3 mrad

Repeatability

< 1.5 µrad

< 1.5 µrad

Notes:

1. Under constant load and environment over 8 hours.