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Developments in laser joining and welding of plastics using high-power laser diodes
Author(s): Tony Hoult; Raymond Ong
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Paper Abstract

Diode lasers are now being employed in industry for a range of applications, in particular they are starting to be used as alternatives to conventional techniques for thermal joining of plastics. This is being assisted by the use of improved reliability aluminum-free diodes and diode laser systems, partly due to a better understanding of failure mechanisms. The laser welding and related techniques are dependent on transmission of part of an infra-red beam through the upper layer of a joint and semi-quantitative assessment of this is required for specific applications. The technique is applicable not only to high average powers, but also to very low average power, in this regime delicate thin-walled components may be joined. Recent developments using derivatives of this technique have shown that a wide range of similar and dissimilar material combinations may be joined.

Paper Details

Date Published: 25 February 2002
PDF: 4 pages
Proc. SPIE 4426, Second International Symposium on Laser Precision Microfabrication, (25 February 2002); doi: 10.1117/12.456906
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Tony Hoult, Coherent, Inc. (United States)
Raymond Ong, Coherent, Inc. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4426:
Second International Symposium on Laser Precision Microfabrication

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