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The Evolution Of Laser Machining And Welding,With Safety
Author(s): Sidney S. Charschan
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Paper Abstract

It is well known that for about ten years after it was invented the laser was a solution looking for an application. The laser was used only when the processing operation could not be reasonably done in any other manner. Consequently, controlled bursts of high energy density laser beams were first used to machine hard abrasive materials or to weld in heat sensitive areas. Current implementation has broadened so that the laser provides economically competing technology. In addition, components are now being designed so that they can only be laser processed by a laser. This evolution will be illustrated, with emphasis on safety features.

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Date Published: 7 October 1980
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 0229, Ocular Effects of Non-Ionizing Radiation, (7 October 1980); doi: 10.1117/12.958798
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Sidney S. Charschan, Western Electric Company (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0229:
Ocular Effects of Non-Ionizing Radiation
David H. Sliney; Myron Lee Wolbarsht, Editor(s)

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