Next-Generation All-In-One, Digital Laser Texturing System Unveiled

GF Machining Solutions introduces the new, fully-digital, multiprocess Laser S series for texturing molds.

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GF Machining Solutions unveiled the new AgieCharmilles Laser S series, a digital, all-in-one, five-axis laser texturing system for molds, at a special press event held in its Center of Competence showroom in Lincolnshire, Illinois. Scott Fosdick, head of Market Region Americas, opened the event with an overview of the company’s market reach and product portfolio, saying, “Ten years ago, GF Machining Solutions introduced the first laser machine on the market.” He was referring to the AgieCharmilles Laser P series for laser texturing, which was introduced in 2009 and is offered in five model sizes.

While the Laser P series is still a viable product line for mold texturing, Yvan Meyer, head of Laser Texturing at GF Machining Solutions, says it is more of an entry-level system now, with the Laser S series offering more advanced features including its ability to perform laser blasting, structuring, engraving, machining, texturing and marking, all in one system. New software, like Smartpatch, which allows examination of the pattern before it is laser machined onto the mold, and Smartscan 3D, which provides UV mapping for texture applications and 3D simulation to optimize every patch that is machined, was developed to further ensure that both efficiency and quality are achieved, the company says.

Other innovations noted by GF Machining Solutions include increased machine stability, which uses thermostabilization to prevent movement of the laser beam spot throughout the machining process. A larger marking field helps boost productivity; two laser heads make it easy to switch wattage levels and move on quickly to another job; and the 30-watt Flexipulse laser enables operators to achieve very finely-detailed, high-quality results.