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Process Optimization In Laser Material Processing
Author(s): Jurg Steffen
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Paper Abstract

Lasers are widely used today for the most different kinds of processing operations of most practical materials. Heat treating, surface melting, welding, drilling, cutting and so on can be realized with a quality responding to industrial requirements. Particularly processing problems difficult or impossible to solve by conventional techniques, e.g. with respect to small size, hardness, brittleness, temperature sensitivity, processing of high volume production requiring extensive automatization are calling for the laser. An extensive process control to evaluate and solve practical problems has been developed. The laser parameters, to realize a desired processing of a given material, can be determined in a first approximation and the corresponding laser system can be specified. A first order economico/technical evaluation of the problem solution can be deduced. An experimental optimization considering all the boundary conditions has to be done only if the first evaluation is favourable. This procedure has been applied successfully to many industrial processing problems of variety of materials.

Paper Details

Date Published: 15 May 1981
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 0236, 1980 European Conf on Optical Systems and Applications, (15 May 1981); doi: 10.1117/12.959055
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Jurg Steffen, LASAG AG (Switzerland)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0236:
1980 European Conf on Optical Systems and Applications
D. J. Kroon, Editor(s)

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