Laser beams of light can be focused to very small spot sizes and are therefore, capable of delivering high energy-densities to small areas of a material. This localized high energy can be used to melt or vaporize the material to perform a cut. There are many types of laser systems that are currently in use for materials processing. CO2 laser is among these types, which offers the highest average power for materials processing. Compared with other lasers, the higher power capability of the CO2 type allows their use in processing different materials in mass production in many industrial applications. Consequently, they are often selected for automotive and other steel parts fabrication.
|Title of host publication||Reference Module in Materials Science and Materials Engineering|
|Publication status||E-pub ahead of print - 1 Dec 2015|
- CO2 laser
- Laser cutting
- Materials processing