Laser beam cladding has several features, which are beneficial for the resulting material properties and productivity. Especially, as laser beam cladding is possible in non-vacuum conditions, a robotized application for larger workpieces can be applied.
Controlled layer thickness:
The precise control of the laser beam properties with respect to energy density and location allows to control the cladding layer thickness when used with powder as additive material.
Defined material properties:
Due to the exact control of energy deposit and layer thickness, it is possible to define the resulting material properties with respect to hardness and corrosion resistance.
Refined surface and structure of cladding layer:
Vacuum conditions of laser beam cladding have positive impact on resulting surface and structure.
Fully automated cladding:
Fully automated laser beam cladding machines enable extremely precise repeatability and full traceability of relevant cladding parameters during the cladding process itself. This applies per cladding layer and per workpiece. So, the cladding process of each item can be securely controlled and documented.
Cladding could be perceived as part of the additive manufacturing technologies. As the main focus of cladding is to modify the material properties instead of building up complete new shapes and workpieces, we allocate this technology to laser beam machining for the time being.
EVOBEAM supplies the optimum solution for the specific cladding application in vacuum for high production rates: cost-effective, fast, and versatile.
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