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Industrial Lasers: An Introduction to Process Qualification

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The step from successfully demonstrating a new laser process on a limited number of samples under laboratory conditions, to scaling that process up for high-volume industrial use is a big one. In particular, it’s necessary to determine how variations in process parameters affect end results, so that acceptable process input and operating ranges can be determined.

JOCHEN DEILE AND FRANK GAEBLER, COHERENT INC.

Materials processing with lasers is actually a broad term for a diverse range of applications. The major categories of these uses, and the lasers that service them, are summarized Table 1. At one end, multikilowatt fiber and CO2 lasers are employed for cutting and welding metal in industries such...Read full article

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