Thanks to their clean and fine cutting, lasers are increasingly popular in manufacturing. Laser marking is often used to add unique ID numbers to parts. Lasers can also be used for surface texturing and drilling. Ablation – the vaporizing of material – is another industrial use. When lasers cut metals and polymers, they leave clean edges and don’t cause problems with heat. Lasers can further perform welding and wire stripping tasks. Moving froward, lasers are being developed that are faster and smaller, and also able to use AI.
- Lasers are able to imprint specific ID numbers on a product that become important if there is a recall of the product.
- Lasers can be used to create performance enhancing features, such as better grips and better load capacities.
- Lasers can be used to drill very tiny micron sized-holes in all different types of materials, including polymers, ceramics, and metals.
“Laser machining can create fine features that are difficult or impossible to make using traditional machining equipment.”