Manual Fiber Laser Welding Workstations Enhance Laser Precision Quality
The manual FiberStar 8800 Series and FiberStar 8900 from LaserStar Technologies offers a versatile range of common welding and material applications.
The FiberStar 8800 series. All photo credit: LaserStar Technologies
The FiberStar Series manual laser welding systems for precision welding operations from LaserStar Technologies Corp. are ideal for a variety of common welding applications. This includes plastic injection mold, dies and tooling repair, complex electronic components, high-precision industrial assemblies, pressure-sensitive hermetic laser sealing and other industrial applications for the automotive, aerospace, aviation, medical device, mold repair and consumer product industries. In particular, the FiberStar 8800 Open Laser Welding Workstation and the FiberStar 8900 CNC Welding Workstation are covered below.
For both workstations, operators hold parts in their hands while viewing the application through a stereo-microscope in the welding zone. An internal cross-hair allows the operator to easily align and weld the parts at the correct location.
Within the FiberStar series, the laser source is a permanently sealed design that protects against dust and dirt, does not require adjustment, has no consumable parts and requires no maintenance, resulting in stable, consistent material processing. According to the company, the laser resonator technologies provide high peak power, optimal performance and throughput, higher uptime, enhanced electrical efficiency and a space-saving, air-cooled design. Solid state diodes provide instantaneous power with no “warm-up time” required.
Multiple power options are also available (150, 300, 450 Watts). In addition to spot, seam, mold repair, micro and battery welding, materials such as 300 and some 400 series stainless steel, mild steels, nickel and nickel alloys, aluminum and aluminum alloys, titanium and precious metal alloys can be laser welded with these workstations.
FiberStar 8900 series.
The FiberStar 8900 CNC Welding Workstation, specifically, produces a sharp, focused light beam that consistently melts a very small area of metal. Very little heat is generated at the weld point, allowing users to easily laser weld greater than 0.025 mm from complex, heat-sensitive, intricate parts while providing unparalleled pulse stability of /- 1%.
Further, this laser is said to offer a competitive advantage for today’s operators looking to unleash the power of hot light, benefit from a comfortable, ergonomic design and ensure optimal platform flexibility for the widest range of onsite mold repair welding applications.
Even though hand cleaning will never be completely eliminated, ice blasting is an alternative cleaning method that can effectively reduce cleaning time and cost.
There are two methods for optically polishing aluminum - knowing the right one for your project will save you time and money.
A new plasma coating displaces chemical release agents or durable coatings in injection molding and regenerates inside the mold.