1974-02-01

Metal-Working Capability of a High Power Laser 740864

This paper lists seven criteria often considered by production and design engineering organizations when assessing new manufacturing processes for products such as aviation or industrial gas turbines. The characteristics of the HPL* industrial laser are assessed in terms of each of the seven criteria.
In support of this discussion, design features of the laser are described. The manner in which one laser can operate several work stations is also described. Examples of how the laser has been used to cut, weld, harden surfaces, and alloy local areas of a workpiece are given. The application of the laser to gears, camshafts, pistons, and valve seats is described.

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