Though the thought of lasers may evoke dramatic images of Death Stars in some, they are an integral part of our everyday life. From media players to targeting systems, the application of laser technology is as varied as it is fascinating.
In metal manufacturing, lasers are widely used for cutting, welding, material heat treatment, marking parts, and additive manufacturing. A CO2 laser, best suited for cutting and engraving, is created by passing a current through a gas or liquid. Capable of cutting a wide range of materials including titanium, stainless steel, mild steel, aluminum, and plastic; it can even process delicate matter such as wax and paper.
Used in conjunction with Nitrogen, the laser cutting application can be further refined. Utilizing Nitrogen during the cutting process decreases oxidation and provides a higher-quality finish. It also produces a cleaner, more uniform cut, and reduces prep time before welding.
On contrast to CO2 lasers, fiber lasers use an optical fiber enhanced with rare-earth elements. Generated, and delivered, by such a flexible medium allows for easier delivery to the target, offering higher precision in laser cutting, welding, and metal folding. Another advantage is their high output power compared to other types of lasers. The active region in a fiber laser can be several kilometers long!
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