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Applying Lasers For Productivity And Quality
Author(s): David W. Porter
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Paper Abstract

The laser, with its intense beam of focused pure light, precisely controlled and moved by computer, is being increasingly used for processing aircraft gas turbine engine components. Pratt & Whitney uses both solid state and gas lasers for a variety of applications including welding, cutting, hole drilling, hardfacing, and marking of parts for identification. Laser processing provides increased productivity and reduced cost compared to conventional methods. Specific uses of lasers in gas turbine fabrication are described and compared against the prior method of manufacture. Tooling approaches and metallurgical effects associated with various laser processes are also discussed.

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Date Published: 5 August 1986
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 0621, Manufacturing Applications of Lasers, (5 August 1986); doi: 10.1117/12.961140
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David W. Porter, United Technologies Corporation (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0621:
Manufacturing Applications of Lasers
Peter K. Cheo, Editor(s)

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