Advanced Manufacturing Laser Cladding Cell - Patents

Our Technology team has registered further patents on a suit of developments associated with our new high-capacity advanced laser manufacturing cell. This unit is designed to manage heavy industrial components up to 20 tonnes, 2m in diameter and up to 5.5m long. Developments becomes necessary to accommodate the long-running time at high power settings available with our new 16kW laser.

We developed our own water-cooled, off-axis powder injection nozzle. This incorporates a rapidly replaceable powder injection tube and gas depressurized gravity-fed powder mixer to enable us to manage the intense heat accumulating in the laser head.

Another is the work piece manipulators for heavy components. They are not commercially available, nor able to coordinate fine movements necessary for close positional control for laser focusing and power control required for consistent high-quality additive manufacturing.

LaserBond designs and builds units to handle high loading and high temperature (preheated) components that deliver precise relative movement control when integrated with the long reach robot head.

New proprietary control software integration and HMI has been developed to support the advancements. It incorporates secure connections that enable our licensees and technical support staff to provide analysis, parameter settings and training remotely.

Inventing New Laser Deposition Process - International Patents

Our R&D team invented a new method for depositing thin metallurgically bonded coatings to structural substrate metals using laser systems.
It resulted in ground breaking patents associated with using advanced additive manufacturing methods to deliver a major improvement in wear life performance of capital-intensive equipment. The commercial implications of the new technologies are further improvements to wear life, faster deposition rates, thinner coatings and better economics. This opens up more industrial applications to the benefits of surface engineering.