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CO2 laser mounted on a robot for dynamic cutting manipulations
Author(s): Shaul Yatsiv; Amnon Gabay; Mordechai Brestel
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Paper Abstract

A compact 550 watt slow flow RF excited CO2 laser directly attached to a Yaskawa Motoman robot is used to cut three dimensional patterns in 1 mm thick curved steel sheets. The quality and speed of the cutting is identical to that of cuts made with a static laser, since movement of the laser does not degrade its mode quality in any way. The light weight laser head is rigidly attached to the five-axis robot and is flexibly connected to its power/gas/cooling sources. It can be manipulated through a 2r spherical angle at dynamic accelerations of up to at least (3.4g. This laser-robot system implements the ultimate precision capability of the robot. Its potential for manufacturing flexibility will be reviewed.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 October 1990
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 1276, CO2 Lasers and Applications II, (1 October 1990); doi: 10.1117/12.20540
Show Author Affiliations
Shaul Yatsiv, Alumor Lasers and Hebrew Univ. (Israel)
Amnon Gabay, Alumor Lasers and Hebrew Univ. (Israel)
Mordechai Brestel, Alumor Lasers (Israel)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1276:
CO2 Lasers and Applications II
Hans Opower, Editor(s)

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