Laser welding is one of the oldest applications of industrial laser materials processing.
In the majority of early applications, lasers produced higher quality welds and allowed for greater productivity. Often times, it was at a lower cost compared to other joining processes, even though the parts being welded were originally designed based on a different joining process.
Much has changed, however, since those early days of laser welding. For starters, the classes of lasers have changed. Laser sources now have higher power, different wavelengths and a wider range of pulsing capability.
Add to this the new developments in beam delivery, machine control hardware and software, process sensors and a better understanding of the laser welding process.
View our article on Modern Laser Welding for more information.