What is laser plastic welding?
Laser welding uses a precise IR laser beam that is directed through a transmissive material and penetrated into an absorptive material. The two materials are held in tight contact with each other and the joint between them heats up and melts as energy from the laser is absorbed. The result is a clean weld with minimal flash.
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The two parts are clamped together with the IR transparent material on top and the absorbing material on the bottom.
The laser is transmitted through the top component and absorbed by the lower component, heating and melting the joint.
The laser turns off and the clamping force is maintained to allow the joint to cool and solidfy.
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Laser plastic welding is a proven, powerful, and effective way to join plastics. It’s been used in industry for over 20 years and its ability to weld a wide variety of part sizes, with precision weld joints, minimal flash, and no particulate is unmatched by other welding processes.
Laser Welding Technologies
Contour laser welding uses one continous pass of the laser along the weld path with enough energy to melt and weld the parts. This works well for flat to flat weld joints.
Quasi-simultaneous laser welding uses many very fast passes along the weld path to simulate the laser energy being applied to the whole weld joint simultaneously. This works well in T-style weld joints to get consistent, simultaneous displacement in the weld joint.
Line beam laser welding uses optics to spread the laser energy into a curtain that is passed over the part like a wide paintbrush. This works well for small intricate parts and larger flat area welding.
Masking uses a similar line beam curtain laser, but with a precision-cut mask over the part to shield the areas that don't require laser energy. This works well for ultra-precise welding with weld ribs less than 0.7 mm wide.
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Are you tired of trying to fit your laser welding application into the constraints of one-size-fits-all laser welding machines? At Extol, we take a different approach. We design each laser welding solution around your application. That way, you get the optimum performance and cycle time for your needs.
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