Scanlab’s new collimation module is closing a market gap for reliable connection of fiber-coupled lasers
Scanlab has now simplified the selection of scan systems via its free ScanCalc calculation iOS/Android app
With new fibre delivery options now available, along with advances in scanning solutions, ultrafast lasers are becoming a much more practical tool for industrial machining, as Rachel Berkowitz discovers
SCANLAB GmbH, an OEM manufacturer of scan systems and photonics-industry 'Hidden Champion', has received DIN EN ISO 9001:2015 certification
Scan system specialist Scanlab, from Puchheim (near Munich), is simplifying its legal structure and moving responsibilities to a new corporate form
Scanlab has introduced the basiCube 10 scan head, optimised for use with 532nm green laser light
Scanlab now equips all scan systems and galvanometer scanners with forgery-proof security labels
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Modern ultra-short-pulse (USP) laser are enablers for the miniaturization of products or components in several sectors
Automotive, Aerospace, Textiles, Medical technology, Precision engineering etc.
In these markets typical applications for the lasers include:
Drilling, Ablation, Structuring, Cutting
The market requires:
Efficient, precise and flexible micro machining technologies.
Hole drilling in particular has become an important application in these industries. But drilling straight walls with high aspect ratios isn't feasible if the laser beam impacts specimens at a normal incidence angle. The beam caustic affects hole corners and limits the maximum aspect ratio – that’s why new solutions are needed. A novel 5-axis technology allows beam inclination and enables straight walls, as well as negatively tapered holes. SCANLAB has introduced an innovative precession subsystem to the market that uses a novel 5-axis technology to incline the beam. These five axes (x,y,z,α, β) maximize flexibility for process development beyond typical percussion drilling: e.g. spiral drilling, trepanning and precession drilling, which means the laser is tilted and moved helically.
The five galvanometer axes allow flexible positioning possibilities, such as 3D-positioning of the focal spot onto workpieces with precise tracking of angles of incidence (AOI). For easy processing, factory calibration allows description of laser motion directly in metric units within precSYS's Cartesian image field coordinate system, which enhances ease of use and repeatability.
Scanlab has introduced an intelligent monitoring and calibration system for laser processing applications requiring strict dimensional tolerances
Scanlab has introduced the latest version of its LaserDesk program used to create laser marking and material processing jobs
Information technologies like cloud computing and Internet of Things are bringing about big changes in manufacturing. Gemma Church looks at where laser systems will fit into these smart factories
Matthew Dale asks what measures are needed to bring metal 3D printing into mainstream production
Greg Blackman on the safety equipment for protecting against higher power and ultrafast lasers