In the field, TIG and MIG welding – welds using gas and filler material – are commonly used to make repairs and on-site fabrications. This works great and creates a strong bond between metals, but laser welding offers a superior approach.
Laser welding is a more modern and precise approach to welding that provides a superior solution for manufacturing and production applications. Let’s dive deeper into what makes laser welds a better choice.
With TIG and MIG welds, work is performed by hand, subject to different conditions, different operators with varying skill levels, and different filler materials. That means no two welds are ever quite the same. Not so with lasers.
Using precision-controlled laser welds, it’s possible to create an exact weld time after time. Laser welds are vastly repeatable, making it possible to rapidly create custom parts or fittings that are consistent, allowing for the quick, scaled fabrication of components you need for your operations.
Laser welds are also incredibly strong. Using laser welding, a bond can be created with a deeper penetration than MIG or TIG welds – and done in a single pass. That means there’s no need to go over a weld more than once to create a lock-tight bond between materials.
Lasers can create deep welds even in thick materials, as well. As The Fabricator notes, the most powerful laser welding equipment has been used to weld steel plate up to 1.5 inches thick. At Custom Laser, we don’t go that deep – we weld up to 0.225 inches in depth – we’re still able to deliver a durable, strong and precise bond between components of varying thicknesses simply and cleanly.
Another benefit is that laser welding can easily handle complicated joining work, such as welds in small spaces or welds between different types of materials. Since lasers are incredibly precise and computer controlled, welds can be made in fractions of a millimeter of space, allowing for bonds in even narrow or tight positions between components.
Laser welding also allows for the creation of bonds between different metals, making it possible for more diversity and customization in the fabrication process. For example, if you need different metals for different applications on the same finished component, laser welding allows for the bonding of these dissimilar materials to precisely combine them into a completed piece.
In addition, the low heat input involved with laser welding allows for minimal distortion of materials while achieving nonporous and durable welds faster than conventional welding. This also means that the area around the weld will not be impacted as much by the ambient heat of the weld, reducing the potential for warping or shrinking of the finished piece.
This helps make the fabrication of precision parts a simpler process. The limited heat and millimeter-precise targeting of the laser allows for welds that hold tight without introducing outside material or causing any kind of change in the finished surface.
Get Laser Welded Components for Your Project
Custom Laser offers full-service laser welding options to handle a wide variety of applications. We can tackle small and large requests, and offer rapid fabrication thanks to the speed and accuracy of laser welds. No matter the needs of your project, the team at our Western New York facility can handle your order.
Find out more about our capabilities and learn how we help with your next job by calling Custom Laser at 716.434.8600 today.