Scanlab has now simplified the selection of scan systems via its free ScanCalc calculation iOS/Android app, letting users select appropriate scan heads for specific requirements. The app is able to calculate the spot size and precision of a scan system at a definable focal length, while also offering helpful functions, formulas and a terminology glossary.

Numerous factors affect which scan system is ideal for requirements such as high laser power, fast marking speed or high micro-structuring precision. If the desired laser spot size on a workpiece is known, then ScanCalc helps determine a specific scan head's optimum aperture and beam diameter.

ScanCalc is designed to calculate spot or entrance beam diameters and enables the iterative determination of the best solution for an application. Additionally, the app's integrated ScanPedia glossary provides clear explanations of laser and photonics terminology.

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