Steps to Operating a Laser Welding Machine

General Steps for the Laser Welding Process:

  1. Open the main panel door (unlock if necessary) and turn the key to the ON position.

  2. Make sure to turn on the computer or tablet with the software/program attached.

  3. Turn on the camera/TV for a second view (if applicable). 

  4. Turn on the protective gas by opening the valve (CCW) using the knob at the top.

  5. Make sure the part or item that is going to be welded is positioned in a logical way that the laser welder head can reach. If it is a smaller part, keep it secure in a vice or another form of stability for the safety of the operator.

  6. Turn on the fume extractor and make sure the vacuum is directed accordingly. 

  7. Now orientate the laser head to where it is roughly 8” away from the target weld surface.

  8. Use the dials on the microscope to focus and magnify the clarity of the welding area. 

  9. Lock the laser head and base of the machine in place to ensure stability and accuracy.

The set-up is done and you are ready to laser weld!

  1. Test the movement joystick with your none dominant hand (or however you’d like) to maneuver the laser welder head in the standard 3-axis direction. This will control the path that the laser beam itself will follow.

  2.  To activate the actual laser beam, you will use the foot pedal or whatever controller you have in your set-up. The foot pedal should be portable and you can place it wherever it is the most comfortable for your arrangement. 

  3. You will now take a piece of wire (they vary in size depending on the application) and hold it in your hand that is free or in other words, not the hand on the joystick. One way to hold the wire is as if you were holding a pen but place your thumb a little higher so you can distribute the force and create more stability over the wire material. However, with practice, you will find your most comfortable hand position.

  4. Now combine steps 9, 10, and 11 to proceed to actually laser weld your specified area. Hold the wire steadily on the part in line with the area you are about to weld. Use the joystick to start at the tip of the wire and proceed to actuate the laser beam. Now follow the direction of the wire to melt the material together to create your laser weld!

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