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CO2 Lasers: The Industrial Workhorse

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Four decades ago, the first industrial use of lasers was for drilling through diamonds or wire draw dies. From that beginning the laser has become an integral part of the conventional technology in many production plants. In the forefront of that revolution has been the CO2 laser, today a varied and sophisticated tool.

Thorsten Frauenpreiss, Rofin-Sinar Laser GmbH

In the three decades since its introduction, the CO2 laser has become the workhorse of industrial lasers. Today it is available in a range of designs and sizes with output powers of 20 kW and more. Although the CO2 laser shares the industrial burden with the Nd:YAG laser, the two are used for different applications and processing methods. This division of labor is due partly to the different processing advantages each possesses and partly to tradition. CO2 lasers are used mainly for cutting, but welding applications hold the greatest potential for growth rates, thanks to the...Read full article

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