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Fine micro-welding of thin metal sheet by high speed laser scanning
Author(s): Yasuhiro Okamoto; Arnold Gillner; Alexander Olowinsky; Jens Gedicke; Yoshiyuki Uno
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Paper Abstract

Recently, since the size of component becomes smaller, then the welding of thin metal sheet has been required. Besides, the flexibility of process is important according to the accessibility especially for small components. Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology had developed the SHADOW® welding technology, in which the high speed joining with small distortion is possible using pulsed Nd:YAG laser. The possibility of high speed and high quality welding had been reported by using single-mode fiber laser. The combination of micro beam and high speed laser scanning has the advantages for thin metal sheet welding. Therefore, the characteristics of micro-welding for thin metal sheet were investigated by high speed laser scanning, in which the welding was carried out by high speed scanner system with single-mode fiber laser and pulsed Nd:YAG laser. The proper welding region was narrow by the laser beam with a large focus diameter of 160 μm without pulse control, while a small focus diameter of 22 μm can control the welding state widely. A small focus diameter can perform the excellent welding seam from the extreme beginning without pulse control. The penetration depth can be controlled by the energy density with a small focus diameter of 22 μm at the energy densities less than 1 J/mm2. Besides, the unique periodic structure appeared at the high velocity of beam scanning with a small focus diameter. Moreover, the overlap welding of 25 μm thickness sheet can be performed regardless of small gap distance between two sheets by the laser beam with a small focus diameter of 22 μm.

Paper Details

Date Published: 12 June 2007
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 6593, Photonic Materials, Devices, and Applications II, 65930D (12 June 2007); doi: 10.1117/12.722161
Show Author Affiliations
Yasuhiro Okamoto, Okayama Univ. (Japan)
Arnold Gillner, Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology (Germany)
Alexander Olowinsky, Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology (Germany)
Jens Gedicke, Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology (Germany)
Yoshiyuki Uno, Okayama Univ. (Japan)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6593:
Photonic Materials, Devices, and Applications II
Ali Serpengüzel; Gonçal Badenes; Giancarlo C. Righini, Editor(s)

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