Sunday, February 13, 2011

Applied Laser Welding & Laser Cutting

Laser welding is a welding technique used to join multiple pieces of metal through the use of a laser. The beam provides a concentrated heat source, allowing for narrow, deep welds and high welding rates. The process is frequently used in high volume applications, such as in the automotive industry.

The precise heat control provided by CNC laser welding enables us to weld foils as thin as 0.001" and hypodermic tubing with walls as small as 0.005", or less.

Good heat control also allows us to routinely weld very thin foils to large housings. We have special expertise in Laser welding stainless steel, aluminum, titanium, tungsten, inconnel, nitinol, hastelloy, kovar, copper, alloy 20 and a variety of other metals including unusual and high hardness alloys.  We can helium leak test your hermetic parts and we can cut and section weld samples for your critical parts.

Laser cutting is a technology that uses a laser to cut materials, and is typically used for industrial manufacturing applications, but is also starting to be used by schools, small businesses and hobbyists. Laser cutting works by directing the output of a high-power laser, by computer, at the material to be cut. The material then either melts, burns, vaporizes away, or is blown away by a jet of gas, leaving an edge with a high-quality surface finish. Industrial laser cutters are used to cut flat-sheet material as well as structural and piping materials.

Laser Cutting provides precise cutting of many thin, hard, brittle, and soft materials with a beam width as narrow as 0.002". Because CNC laser cutting makes parts with no tool force, many parts can be fabricated without expensive tooling and fixtures. Small features, sharp corners, and closely spaced features are all handled more easily by laser cutting than by conventional milling or punching. This is especially true in soft and/or thin materials.

We specialize in small precision parts, large thin foils, medical parts, complex shapes, and tube cutting of all kinds. Our tube cutting includes chemical and semiconductor process tubing, hypodermic tubes, and others such as bicycle tubing.

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