Center for Innovative Materials Processing through Direct Digital Deposition
Pulsed Laser Processing System
Manufacturer: ARL-Integrated Equipment
System Type: IPG Photonics 1 kW, ns-pulsed fiber laser
SCANNER: Scanlab intelliWELD 3D scanner
ROBOT: ABB 6-axis robotic arm
Description: ARL’s Pulsed Laser Processing System was developed to optimize coatings removal processes in ship construction. It’s custom controller can execute multi-parameter ablation sequences within a single manufacturing pass to, e.g., ablate tough coatings with relatively intense parameters, which are then (and ~simultaneously) overlaid with other parameters to effect the surface quality.
The same Pulsed Laser Processing System, outfitted with a custom micro-wire feeder, is being used for additive processing (welding) with aluminum.