Dynamic Beam Lasers offer a versatile solution for various industrial applications. In this technical blog, we will delve into the options and considerations when configuring machines using Dynamic Beam Lasers. We will explore the components of a laser system, discuss beam characteristics, highlight laser software, control interfaces, and delve into different machine configurations. By understanding these aspects, users can make informed decisions to optimize their laser-based processes.
Laser System Overview:
The Dynamic Beam Laser system comprises four main parts: the optical cabinet, optical head, power supplier cabinet, and chiller. The optical cabinet houses the laser sources, while the optical head is responsible for coherent beam combining and beam output. Between the two parts there is a fiber of up to 7 meters long. The power supplier cabinet contains the electrical components and has a wire of up to 20 meters, and a chiller is incorporated to facilitate water cooling. These components work together to ensure the efficient functioning of the laser system.
The Dynamic Beam Laser system outputs tens of collimated single-mode beams with a 22mm aperture. These beams can travel over considerable distances, allowing flexibility in various applications. To focus the beam, a focusing lens is utilized. The focal length determines the focal plane's location, where beam shaping occurs as the individual beams combine.
The beam emitted by the Dynamic Beam Laser can be divided into three parts: the main lobe, the movement area, and the total area covered by the laser. The main lobe can be compared to the sharp end of a pencil used to draw lines, while the movement area represents the envelope in which the laser can operate. The total area covered by the laser indicates regions where some energy is present. The beam diameter varies linearly based on the focal length employed.
The operation of the Dynamic Beam Laser involves two software packages. The first is the shape generation software. This software enables the creation of beam shape files, which can be uploaded to the laser. Once the desired beam shapes are set, this software is not required for regular laser operation. The second software package is the laser operator software, which enables manual control, powering on/off, and can be replaced by external controllers such as scanners or PLC.
Laser Control Interfaces:
In addition to the standard signals found in CW lasers, the Dynamic Beam Laser requires specific signals for its dynamic beam features. These include selecting the beam shape, specifying the angle of the beam shape, and determining the beam shape's location in the X, Y, and Z axes. These interfaces provide the necessary control for harnessing the laser's full potential.
When integrating Dynamic Beam Lasers into machines, two primary optical configurations can be utilized: flying optics and fixed optics. The choice between them depends on the user's application, expertise, and preferences. Each configuration offers distinct advantages and disadvantages. Moreover, adding components like welding heads or galvo scanners can enhance system performance, cleanliness, and process robustness.
Civan Lasers, has collaborated with customers to develop various machine configurations. These configurations demonstrate the versatility of Dynamic Beam Lasers in different applications. Some notable examples include:
Dynamic Beam Lasers provide tremendous flexibility for machine configurations. Users can tailor their machines to meet specific application requirements.