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Materials Working With Low Power CO[sub]2[/sub] Lasers
Author(s): Stephen M. Fry
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Paper Abstract

While the application of high power (50-5000 W) lasers to materials working is well known, the use of low power (1-5w) CO, lasers has received little attention. This paper presents methods of utilizing low power CO2 lasers in materials processing, such as cutting, drilling, and welding of small organic (e.g., plastic) parts. Laser hardware is discussed and the waveguide laser is presented as an example of low-power materials working hardware. This paper also reports some of the applications which are ideally-handled by low power CO lasers, and reviews the factors which contribute to the successful use of these lasers.

Paper Details

Date Published: 24 January 1980
PDF: 5 pages
Proc. SPIE 0198, Laser Applications in Materials Processing, (24 January 1980); doi: 10.1117/12.958031
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Stephen M. Fry, Hughes Aircraft Company (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0198:
Laser Applications in Materials Processing
John F. Ready, Editor(s)

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