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Using a thulium laser, a team from the Fraunhofer Institute of Laser Technology (ILT) has developed an innovative process for producing the smallest weld seams in transparent plastic components. The development builds on the successful completion of the research project called SeQuLas (segmental quasi-simultaneous laser irradiation) and demonstrates high-precision welding without the presence or use of additional absorbers. The research team consists of experts from three additional Fraunhofer industrial partners: Amtron GmbH, Ortmann Digitaltechnik GmbH, and Bartels Mikrotechnik GmbH.
Thulium lasers deliver a specific advantage to the production process, given how well plastics absorb their corresponding wavelengths. Because it does…READ MORE