Eight ways to cut and join the lightweight materials aluminum, plastics and CFRP using lasers.
Aluminum, CFRPs and plastics are tomorrow’s most promising candidates for lightweight design. But what plans and visions do their makers have ? Read on to find out.
Oliver Schauerte, head of materials research and manufacturing processes at the Volkswagen Group, discusses the latest trends in lightweight construction, gun licenses for production staff, and the next big thing among materials.
Thin aluminum and copper tubes protect the optical fibers in submarine cables against huge volumes of water. Nexans welds the tubing using a diode laser – with a seam 100,000 meters long!
Joining materials that have long been considered unweldable is one of the biggest challenges in lightweight engineering. The laser offers some promising solutions.
Copper on aluminum: With a cycle time of 72 seconds and high tensile strength, Viessmann has got itself precious breathing space.
Gentle, non-contacting laser systems create a stir in surface finishing: A collection of practical applications from BMW to archeology
Checkered aluminum and roughened CFRP - modern materials want to be glued. The laser assists.
Whatever method you use, aluminum is very difficult to weld. So Thomas Schnekenburger decided the laser was his best option.
The next generation of scanner optics will release the focus spot from the working plane. Here’s how users will benefit from this three-dimensional dance.
The car of the future should still be fast, comfortable, safe and able to go the distance. The car of the future should have very low CO2 emissions. But how?