Laser cladding, also known as Laser Metal Deposition (LMD), is a new process in which a laser is used to melt a thin layer of the work piece in order to mix it with a metal powder that has been applied. This creates a new layer on the existing work piece. The advantage of this method is that the heat-effected area is much smaller than with welding. The laser applied layers are non-porous.
Laser cladding capabilities:
- Ø1.600 x 3.560mm center distance
- Ø1.600 x 4.850mm on roller steady rest
- Workpiece weight up to 8,000kg
Co-axial laser cladding process
In the coaxial laser cladding process the weld pool is optimised. Powder is supplied on three sides, which ensures a constant weld pool. This cladding head is generally preferred.
Lateral laser cladding process
With the lateral laser cladding process, inaccessible positions can be cladded. For example, the bottom of a narrow groove. The slim design and wide span of control make this possible.
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