Lasers are a unique manufacturing tool, offering advantages that other processes simply cannot match. Industrial CO2 lasers have been used for a variety of applications. However, the mystery remains on the benefits of this equipment and the limitations of this equipment. And most importantly: how do I know if laser processing is the right choice for my needs?
Laser marking and coding has expanded into all industries looking to make similar features not only because of their performance, but also for its added benefit.
Key advantages CO2 Lasers for Manufacturing include:
• Unique Processes: CO2 lasers can offer unique effects and applications. This is due to the physics governing laser/material interactions, CO2 lasers. This includes innovative new part designs that integrate fine features other equipment cannot provide or entirely new processes like additive manufacturing. Laser processing is non-contact. These lasers can work with extremely delicate materials or materials that need to remain sterile.
• Multiple Processes: a single laser is capable of performing multiple application processes on a material, including: cutting, marking, drilling, engraving, scoring, perforating, and more through a combination of laser settings and beam delivery. The option to have a single piece of equipment perform multiple steps in a manufacturing process provides cost-savings and saves valuable floor space in manufacturing environments.
• Digital Processing: lasers and beam delivery equipment are software-controlled. Therefore, designs are created or updated on-the-fly. This makes changeovers quick and painless, and even allows each manufactured part to be entirely unique if desired.
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