Laser Welding

Discussion in 'Cars, Coffee and Computers' started by doublespaces, Jan 2, 2017.

  1. doublespaces

    doublespaces Administrator

    AZ
    2009 E93 335i
    Thought this was pretty neat:

     
  2. Need this in my life xD
     
  3. That is pretty amazing. We now know how all the parts on Alibaba are made...lol. And there is no way i would be holding my hand that close to a laser that strong.
     
  4. doublespaces

    doublespaces Administrator

    AZ
    2009 E93 335i
    I am sure the applications are quite limited, I wouldn't suspect it works on much more than sheet metals, but I'm not a welder and don't know anything about it. I think the traditional TIG welder is safe for now :)

    Considering this likely has to be programmed like a CNC, I think its uses are small, but it definitely paves the way for the $99 intake manifold :)
     
  5. The Convert

    The Convert Corporal

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    335
    I wouldn't be happy with those welds. If the bead was moved to the right a little, or the edges of the parts had slightly less of a chamfer, to reduce the weld undercut on the right side of the bead, it'd be pretty nice.

    I have a few lasers at work that are designed for cutting, marking, drilling, and welding. I have yet to play with the welding application, but always want to.
     
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  6. doublespaces

    doublespaces Administrator

    AZ
    2009 E93 335i
    How thick can the metal be for welding?
     
  7. Hokie_335i

    Hokie_335i Private

    40
    North Carolina
    2009 E90 335i 6MT
    We use laser welders all the time at work. I work for a medical device company and my company makes implantable batteries. They are definitely cool to watch and use, especially seeing the speed and ability that they have.