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What is wobble laser welding?

Trepanning fiber laser head

Standard laser welding heads are designed to focus a collimated laser beam to ONE required spot size, keeping the beam path static. This standard configuration limits each setup to ONE specific application.
Our Wobble heads, on the other hand, incorporate scanning mirror technology inside our weld head. By moving the beam with internal mirrors or rotating lenses, the focal spot is no longer static and can be dynamically adjusted by changing the shape, amplitude and frequency.

 

Wobble welding

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Laser stir welding (LSW) 

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Trepanning laser welding 

WOBBLE - Fiber laser welding

Handheld fiber laser welding machine

FAST, ECONOMICAL and SAFE hand welding with a fiber laser light beam

A Handheld fiber laser welding machine is a new type of high-power, high-end continuous welding tool which adopts a high-quality fiber laser source to produce a fiber optic light beam. After transmission processing, the light is focused on the workpiece to achieve continuous welding. It avoids the two thresholds of thermal strain and post-treatment, and is environmentally friendly and pollution-free, greatly improving the joint strength and quality of welding.
Replacing the traditional arc welding with a hand-held fiber laser welding machine will not only facilitates the welding of molds, advertising characters, kitchen utensils, doors and windows, etc. but also makes laser welding possible in outdoor operations, which indicates that this traditional welding of electric welding, argon arc welding, etc. will soon be replaced by our wobble laser welding.

Laser Stir Welding - Laser Wobble Welding

Laser stir welding or Wobble Welding is a process in which a continuous beam laser is oscillated or wobbled at a relatively high frequency, which causes a stirring action within the molten weld pool – hence the term “stir welding or Wobble Welding.” The result is a manipulation of the weld pool/vapor cavity, which changes some key characteristics of the weld.

Benefits:

  • Laser Stir Welding results in largely defect free joints, with no hot cracking, porosity or solidification cracks.
  • More precise control of the weld pool for increased keyhole stability.
  • Improved control of the profile and geometry of the weld – as an example, joints can be designed with more width at the root of the weld, which can be very useful for Lap/Thru-/Blind welds.
  • Weld profiles can be manipulated into asymmetry, such as increasing the penetration on one side of the weld joint.
  • Patterns can be programmed to compensate for large gaps in weld joints and other potentially problematic weld geometry problems.
  • Higher feed rates can be achieved than with pulsed laser techniques.
  • No filler materials is required.

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Due to the small spot size of the laser, the heat input is typically 200 times lower than with arc welding processes like MIG, MAG or TIG welding.

To fully reap the benefits of laser welding, a fabricator must commit with a normal laser welding machine to high-quality sheet metal processing prior to welding.

As a rule of thumb: material gaps in the weld zone should be limited to approximately maximum 0.10~0.12mm, although this can limit can be extended to gaps of 0.50~0.80mm and more with our new wobble3+ laser welding torch with adjustable welding width.

Luckily, these tolerances are easily met by modern 2D laser cutting machines and press brakes. Although parts can typically be converted from arc welding to laser welding with just minor adjustments to the design, laser welding does provide design engineers with new opportunities, such as overlap welds, corner welds and flange welds. Even complex joint geometries like curved shapes or materials with different sheet thicknesses can be laser welded easily.