Industrial Laser Trends
In metal manufacturing, laser structuring is increasingly used to prepare surfaces for adhesive bonding and thermal spray coating, creating a surface texture that improves adhesion while removing contaminants that could interfere with it.
A wide range of surface processes are used in manufacturing to improve part surfaces. They can add material layers to a surface, remove undesired materials from a surface, reshape a surface, or modify the properties of a surface. In this article, we’ll go over different types of surface processes and technologies to learn which one is good for what application.
While dry ice blasting is praised for its advantages, it also comes with several disadvantages. In this article, we’ll go over the different aspects of dry ice blasting to better understand when it’s worth it, and which alternatives to consider.
Laser ablation machines are increasingly used in the manufacturing and automotive industries. They are a popular option to meet short cycle times, automate processes, reduce operating costs, and add precision to ensure high-quality results.
In the manufacturing industry, engineers are constantly developing solutions made possible by high-power lasers. They are mainly used to mark, clean, texture, weld, and cut materials faster and meet short cycle times in production lines.
Many manufacturers have trouble grasping the difference between laser cleaning and plasma cleaning. After all, both are non-contact processes that do not require solvents or chemicals like chemical cleaning, and they are sought after to replace abrasive techniques like sandblasting and dry ice blasting.
Nowadays, parts and products are often subjected to harsh conditions that result in wear, erosion, abrasion, and corrosion. To prevent this from happening, they need protective coatings. While many coating deposition methods exist, thermal spray coating is one of the most popular, chosen for its speed and versatility.
Laser cleaning systems are making their way as great alternatives to traditional surface cleaning methods likes chemical cleaning and abrasive blasting. Manufacturers who need clean metal surfaces are increasingly looking at laser cleaning as an environmentally friendly, cost-effective solution that provides more consistent results.